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Dominican Boxer Commits Suicide

June 26, 2001

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) _ Gabriel Hernandez, a Dominican who fought for the super middleweight title two years ago, committed suicide by hanging.

The death of the 27-year-old boxer was confirmed by the Westchester County medical examiner Tuesday.

Hernandez killed himself Sunday night and his body was found Monday. The contents of a note left by Hernandez were not immediately revealed. He was married with three children.

Hernandez fought in Virginia a week ago, scoring a first-round knockout. He made his professional debut in 1996 and had a record of 20-2, with 12 knockouts.

In 1999, he challenged for the IBF super middleweight title, losing a unanimous decision to German champion Sven Ottke in Duesseldorf, Germany.

Hernandez competed for the Dominican Republic at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He won a bronze medal at the 1995 Pan American Games.

As an amateur, he won the Golden Gloves tournament in 1993 and 1994. Hernandez was also a New York State champion.

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