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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Rivera

Vigil set for Matthew Esquibel

The family of the Matthew Esquibel will have a Candlelight Vigil it will be held Friday the 19th @ 6:00pm 1119 Santa Fe Ave if there is no parking on Santa Fe you could park in the alley next to the zoo on 12th St.

Esquibel passed away this past Sunday.


The boxing community and my words on a person gone too soon.


I remember Matthew when he was a little boy, training with his cousin Jesus Banuelos and under the training of his uncle Freddie Esquibel at the old South side gym.


Always remember him running around the gym with little Sammy Piar and brother James Piar Jr.


Matthew was a skinny little guy, but he always had a great smile, always shaking hands and giving hugs.


He was the kind of person you could never not like. I have never heard anyone say anything bad about him.


As time passed, the little sqrawny kid became a father of three. He was a caring father, always taking his kids around local establishments, pizza, parks to play, being a great father.


Matthew worked for the city, but had his passion for boxing. He complied a 12-1-1, as a professional. Although he stopped fighting in 2019. His sudden passing was a shock to the boxing community. He will always be missed and loved.


Andy Rivera



Others from the boxing community words via Facebook or emails



One of the nicest fighters I have ever known! I turned pro in 08 on his undercard. I'll never forget seeing him go down but rising up and pulling off the win. Gave me so much inspiration seeing his heart and will to win. Gone way too soon😩 Deepest condolences to the Esquibel family! You will be missed champ

Josh Torres


God bless your family! I know you’re watching over them champ. Rest easy Papitas!!!

Austin Trout


Omg I’m lost for words prayers for you and family 🙏🙏🙏

Steve Garcia


We are deeply saddened by the news of (Matthew Esquibel ) passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. (Matthew “Papitas”Esquivel ) soul is now at peace. May my condolences bring you comfort, and may my prayers ease the pain of this lost. Freddie Esquibel Sr.

Tony Rosales


We are saddened by the loss of Matthew, one of the kindest, most loving person

Victoria H.


R.I.P Champ was an outstanding fighter and showed love every time i seen him Prayers to the family.

Matthew Griego


Just got the bad news that we lost a great person today. May God rest your soul. RIP Matthew "Papitas" Esquibel. You will be missed

Legacy Promotions


Rip champion prayers for your family my deepest condolences fly high 🙏🙏🥊🥊🥊

Sammy Kid





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