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“Child Yamaka” Boxer In ‘Why We Combat’ Doc Was 32 – Deadline – NewsEverything Hollywood

Zachary Wohlman, the Golden Gloves-winning welterweight referred to as Child Yamaka featured within the ESPN+ documentary sequence Why We Combat and who was the topic of Emmy-winning filmmaker Matt Ogens’ brief Child Yamaka died Sunday, in line with his spouse and coach. He was 32.

Wohlman’s loss of life was introduced by Wild Card Boxing Membership coach Freddie Roach who wrote partly, “Love and assist to the Wohlman household and to all affected. We love you, Zach. You’ll by no means be forgotten. Relaxation In Peace.”

The fighter’s passing was confirmed by Wohlman’s spouse, Serafina, on Instagram the place she wrote, ” I can’t imagine my world has stopped and also you’re not right here with us anymore…I can hear you telling me that I’m going to be f*cking nice however my world is modified endlessly. I’ll see you on the opposite aspect.”

Wohlman had a troubled upbringing. His household life was chaotic. He was out and in of the felony justice system. As a teen he was despatched to navy faculty, the place he found each boxing and medicines.

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In 2008, he started working with legendary Southland boxing coach Roach, whose record of fighters has included world champions Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and James Tony. Wohlman was additionally skilled by Eric Brown. In 15 fights, his document was 10 wins, three losses and a couple of attracts.

Wohlman’s story was chronicled within the 8-episode first season of Why We Combat, a documentary sequence from Faith of Sports activities for ESPN+ that adopted the charismatic southpaw’s journey has he skilled, traveled the world and his struggled in opposition to opioid dependancy. The Emmy-nominated sequence is exec produced by Ronda Rousey, produced by Soiled Robber and Faith of Sports activities, which was co-founded by Gotham Chopra, Tom Brady and Michael Strahan.

Wohlman’s story went past the traditional rags-to-riches boxing story. A canopy story within the L.A. Weekly referred to him as boxing’s “nice Jewish hope.” On the age of 20, he had a bar mitzvah and began attending Shabbat Friday night time dinners every week saying, “I bought that sense of household and group that I didn’t develop up with.” Amongst his outstanding tattoos was a Star of David throughout his total abdomen. His nickname “Yamaka” is a nod to the truth that he was one of many few up to date Jewish boxers. It additionally recollects a wealthy boxing heritage that harkens again to the a golden period of Jewish champions between the 2 world wars.

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