“The sad passing away of our dear champion, Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez, has been confirmed today. He is now in the arms of God and will be remembered by all as one of the greatest persons who ever stepped into a boxing ring.

“Genaro was a champion in the ring, a champion in society, a champion to his family and friends, and will be a champion for eternity as he has left his mark through his passing in life which will always be an inspiration to many.

“His charismatic smile, his soft-spoken style, his bravery in the ring and sportsmanship were always an example to all, and he was a natural leader who only cared to do good deeds in this world.

“Genaro won the WBC super featherweight world championship in a dramatic fashion – while he has ahead on the scorecards, an accidental after-the-bell punch landed on his throat from then-champion Azumah Nelson. Genaro could have stayed down and would have won by disqualification, but instead he continued fighting and won a 12-round decision over the legendary “Professor” Nelson.

“Genaro only lost two fights in the ring: against Oscar de la Hoya, and his last fight in which he surrendered his WBC championship to Floyd Mayweather.

“Genaro was the first boxer to ever participate in the WBC Cares program. He visited the Los Angeles Childrens Hospital and was deeply touched by the so-many kids who were suffering from cancer. The WBC was informed by the hospital that Genaro, on his own, returned the following day to give many toys and presents to the kids.

“Genaro will be remembered, he will be missed, he will inspire and drive many of us to be better human beings and to always appreciate life while we have it.”