February 17, 2021
The Wild Card Boxing Club shared a tribute to Zachary Wohlman on Twitter after finding out that the "Kid Yamaka" boxer died.
The boxing world has been hit with the tragic news that the professional boxer Zachary Wohlman better known as "Kid Yamaka," passed away at 32.
The Wild Card Boxing Club that belongs to the Hall of Fame boxing trainer, Freddie Roach, took social media to share their shock ad sadness over the boxer's passing.
Having had a rough past, growing up in the grip of drugs and crime, Wohlman had to overcome great obstacles to achieve the success in the boxing ring that he did.
Wohlman walked into the Wild Card Boxing club for the first time in 2008 and evidently impacted the people there. Roach's club was sure to include his nickname, which is a reference to his Jewish beliefs in their tribute, saying:
"So deeply saddened with the passing of a very loved member of our Wild Card Boxing family-friend, brother-Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman."
FATHER AND SON
Wohlman was very open about his past and shared the impact that his relationship with his father had on him growing up. At 16, the boxer had nowhere to go and ended up living with his dad.
The father-son duo took drugs together and got involved in crimes that resulted in Wohlman's father being sent to prison and the boxer going to juvenile detention. Both of them got clean during the process and had a close relationship.
The Jewish boxer's death has not been the only loss that the sports community has had to endure in this time. The former wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vincent Jackson, also passed away earlier this week.
Jackson was found dead in his hotel room that he had been staying in since January 11. His cause of death is not yet known but is being investigated. Sheriff Chad Chronister released a statement saying:
"Mr. Jackson was a devoted man who put his family and community above everything else. Football aside, he touched countless lives."
Jackson was part of the NFL for 12 seasons, first playing for the San Diego Chargers before moving on to the Buccaneers. Both the Chargers and the Buccaneers released statements sharing their condolences to the player's family.
The former professional athlete had a true impact on his community through his Jackson in Action 83 foundation that worked to help military families and their children.
Another young star that passed away this year was Dustin Diamond. Although he didn't feature on the sports field like Jackson and Wohlman, he was a star in front of the camera. Diamond is best known for his role in "Saved By the Bell."
Diamond, who played Screech, died at 44 after losing his battle to an aggressive form of cancer, small cell carcinoma. The actor died only three weeks after receiving his diagnosis.