Athletes of all sports have always had run ins with the law. Most are minor infractions, but some are very serious.
In Boxing things are no different. The most high profile case of a Boxer committing a crime was the 1992 conviction of Mike Tyson for rape.
In this list we are looking at 5 Boxers that committed horrible murders. The list is in no particular order.
5. Esteban de Jesus
Esteban de Jesus was a Puerto Rican WBC lightweight champion who boxed from 1969 to 1980. He held a record of 58-5 and was the first man to beat Roberto Duran as a pro, eight years before Duran’s famous loss to Sugar Ray Leonard. Over 58 of his professional wins came by knock out.
On Thanksgiving weekend in 1980 while high on cocaine, de Jesus had a traffic altercation with 17 year old Roberto Cintron Gonzalez. De Jesus shot Gonzalez in the head and killed him. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder, but in 1985 while incarcerated he was diagnosed with AIDS. In 1989 he was pardoned by governor Rafael Hernández Colón . He died one month after his pardon at the age of 37.
4. Charles “Kid” McCoy
Charles “Kid” McCoy was a middleweight Boxer in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. His professional Boxing record was 74-6-9 with 58% of his wins coming by knock out. There are several stories regarding McCoy, some which seem a little far fetched. He is believed to be the person that the expression “The Real McCoy” refers to. In one of his crazier stories he apparently accepted an unsanctioned fight against a man that weighed nearly 100 lbs more to earn extra money. When the fight started his corner men threw tacks on the floor and his bare footed opponent stepped on them, at which point McCoy was able to knock him out.
McCoy’s boxing career ended in 1914 and afterwards he had some success in Hollywood. In 1924 he killed his girlfriend, Teresa Mors. After shooting her in the head he held 12 people hostage the following morning at Mrs. Mors antique shop. He was eventually convicted of manslaughter and sent to San Quentin prison. He was released on parole in 1932, and in 1940 committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills.
3. Carlos Monzon
Carlos Monzon was an Argentinian middleweight Boxer that competed from 1963 to 1977. He was a WBC and WBA champion and had a record of 87-3-9 with nearly 60% of his wins coming by knock out. In 2003 Ring Magazine named him one of the 100 greatest punchers of all time.
Monzon was extremely popular in his home country of Argentina, and his relationships were front page news. Late in his career reports of domestic abuse began to surface. In 1988 he was on vacation in the city of Mar de Plata with his second wife, Alicia Muñiz. The pair got into an argument and Monzon threw her off a second floor balcony. He was found guilty of homicide in 1989 and received an 11 year sentence.
Monzon was killed in a car accident in 1995, while on a weekend furlough from prison to visit family. He was 52 at the time of his death.
2. James Butler
James Butler is probably the most recognized name on this list to someone that isn’t an avid boxing fan. He became famous for his sucker punch of Charles Grant after a televised fight on ESPN 2. He held of pro Boxing record of 20-5 with 60% of his wins coming by knock out.
After the infamous sucker punch his career was on the decline. In 2004 he moved in with his friend Sam Kellerman, the brother of Boxing analyst Max Kellerman. In October of that year he murdered Kellerman by repeatedly hitting him over the head with a hammer. He later tried to burn down the apartment to hide the evidence. It was believed that he killed Kellerman after being asked to move out. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and arson in 2006 and was sentenced to 29 years and 4 months in prison. He is currently serving his sentence at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, California.
1. Edwin Valero
Edwin Valero was a Venezuelan Boxer who fought from 2002 to 2010. He had an undefeated record of 27-0 with all of his wins coming by knock out. He was a WBC lightweight and WBA super featherweight champion.
Despite his success in the Boxing ring, Valero started to face allegations of spousal abuse in 2009. In 2010 he was arrested in Venezuela for the murder of his 24 year old wife, Carolina. She was stabbed to death and it was reported that Valero admitted to the front desk of the hotel where the murder took place, and to the police that he had killed his wife. He hung himself that night in his prison cell using his sweatpants, he was 28 years old.