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Death of 16-year-old boxer at Burbank gym ruled accidental

September 26, 2012 |  9:43 am

Pullmans Gym in Burbank

The death of a 16-year-old North Hollywood boxer in Burbank has been ruled an accident by L.A. County coroner's officials.

Raul Alvarez Jr. died of massive internal bleeding and a ruptured spleen, an injury incurred during a sparring session, said Ed Winter, Los Angeles County's assistant chief coroner. Alvarez also suffered from infectious mononucleosis, Winter told the Burbank Leader.

Alvarez was rushed to Providence Saint Joseph’s Medical Center on July 26 after complaining of pain at Pullmans Gym on the 4300 block of Magnolia Boulevard.

At the hospital, Alvarez suddenly fell unconscious and died, police said.

The teen was wearing protective gear on his head and lower body when he sparred with another boxer of about the same age and build at the gym, police said. Gym staffers were also monitoring the match.


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Photo: Burbank police investigated the July death of a 16-year-old boxer at Pullmans Gym. Credit: Ross A. Benson / Times Community News