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Tony Losey, Olympic Boxing Team Hopeful Killed

Tony_LoseyIn a tragic accident that happen lightning fast, Tony Losey and aspiring amateur boxer was killed after a refinery tank weighing 12,000 pounds rolled on top of him. Rescue workers who arrived just minutes later could not save Losey.

Losey had been sand blasting the tank when the supports of the tank gave way and it came down on top of him. Police said the tank shifted suddenly and fell without any warning.

Losey attempted to move in time, but the weight of the tanks was too much for him to avoid. Losey was an outside contractor on the job.

The amateur boxing champion was a graduate from a high school in Wichita, Kansas and left behind two young children and his fiancée.

Losey, who was just 22, trained under Lewis Hernandez at the Northside Boxing Club. He was a regional Golden Gloves champion 3 times and was second in the nationals.

In November of 2013, Losey fought internationally in Russia. Troubles had taken their toll of late, but Losey’s coach said he was on the way back and hoped to make the Olympic team for the U.S.

Losey was scheduled to compete for the U.S. Olympic team and was hopeful of participating in the 2016 Olympics.

Early in 2015, Hernandez said Losey was to compete in Spokane, Washington at a qualifying trial and with a good showing, he would have been eligible to compete at the Olympic trials in 2015. Hernandez said he had trained the fighter since 2006.

At the time of his death Losey was the No. 3 ranked boxer nationally in his weight class of 152 pounds.

Losey just recently was allowed back into the ring by order of a judge after he had committed a probation violation at the end of last year.

Initially, Losey was allowed only to leave his home, but the judge reversed that decision allowing the boxer to return to training and eventually fighting.