HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mark Ibanez worked hard to establish himself in the sport of boxing. He had several titles under his belt and was considered a hometown hero.
According to his sister Anna Tognaci, Ibanez was 10th in the world for his weight division. His career in boxing spanned several years and was at its peak in the late 70s to early 80s.
Family members confirmed Ibanez died on April 19 at the age of 62.
Ibanez put Waianae on the map in the boxing world, and was a source of inspiration for youth in the area.
"He was also honored by the Honolulu police department as a Hero for rescuing two invalid men from a burning apartment," Tognaci said.
His family said his greatest accomplishment was being a father.
"We will miss you Mark, we will miss your generous spirit, your love for laughter, and your zest for life," his family said in a statement.