Teen boxer suspended from league after brutal beating of another student
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An up-and-coming teen boxer from Waianae has been kicked out of a sports league after a video posted on social media appears to show him and others brutally beating another student.
The video, which HNN is not showing due to the ages of those involved, reportedly shows 17-year-old boxer Joven Lopez and three other teens attacking another student on the sidewalk.
Honolulu police have classified the incident as second-degree assault.
At this time, authorities said no arrest has been made and an investigation remains ongoing.
WAKO team USA kickboxing announced Tuesday that Lopez was suspended from the upcoming junior world championship and all other events indefinitely.
Just a few weeks ago, the Waianae teen was set to represent the United States at the World Youth Kickboxing Championships in Italy.
In the video, the victim ― Deizel-James Vicente ― does not appear to fight back. He’s punched and kicked repeatedly while trying to protect himself on the ground.
Vicente said he suffered a potentially dangerous brain bleed as a result.
“We personally have nothing against him,” said Vicente. “Like sorry he was suspended from WAKO but I just feel like it’s not cool for him to do that.”
He added, “Throwing hands before asking questions, that’s not cool. Especially for everyone. I wasn’t fighting back. I had no help.”
In a letter sent to parents, the state Department of Education said while the incident did not occur on campus, officials urged parents to speak with their child about making right choices and encouraged students speak up if they see or hear anything that could pose a threat or put someone in danger.
“As part of our commitment to providing a secure campus for all students, assaults, fights and physical violence are taken very seriously and we do not condone such behavior,” the DOE said in the letter.
HNN has reached out to Lopez, but he has since deactivated his social media accounts.
This story will be updated.
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