BOXING is in mourning following the tragic death from cancer of 21-year-old top prospect Javier Alejandro Gonzalez Barrientos.
The devastating news was revealed by WBC head Mauricio Sulaiman.
Javier Alejandro Gonzalez Barrientos has died at the age of 21Credit: Promociones Zanfer
Barrientos had not fought since April 2019 as he battled cancer of the lymph nodes.
Sadly it was a battle he could not win.
On the WBC’s website, Sulaiman wrote: “Rusito” González, left this world at the age of 21 after bravely fighting against cancer in the lymph nodes.
“He was a great promise and prospect for Mexican boxing.
Javier Alejandro Gonzalez Barrientos had racked up 15 straight wins as a proCredit: Promociones Zanfer
The 21-year-old has not fought since April 2019Credit: Promociones Zanfer
“The entire WBC family join with family and friends of this fine young warrior.
“The sorrow is great, but “Rusito” will never be forgotten. “Rest in peace!”
Barrientos was touted as a future world champion after a blistering start top his pro career.
The Mexican had racked up 15 straight victories, 11 by way of knockout, before cancer struck.
He started his career in 2015 with a unanimous points win against Israel Rodriguez Picazo.
All his fights were in his homeland of Mexico.
Source: Boxing - thesun.co.uk