Friday night will be bitter sweet for WBC Latino welterweight champion Artemio "King" Reyes Jr. (15-1, 12 KOs) when he faces Alan Sanchez (9-2-1, 3 KOs) as the opening bout of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" live from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. His father, Artemio Reyes Sr., was in a coma since 2008 and was laid to rest on Tuesday, April 10, in Colton, CA.
People in the boxing community first heard of Reyes when he fought on national television for the first time and defeated Olympian and formerly undefeated Javier Molina. Some scribes were made aware of the incredible struggle and effort that Reyes went through on a daily basis as he took care of his mother and sisters, cared for his ailing father single-handedly, attended and graduated from California State University San Bernardino, managed the family owned restaurant and found time to train as a prize fighter.
His effort continues as he will honor the man who...
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