Bad boys, bad boys…

By Dennis Taylor on January 1, 2016
Bad boys, bad boys…
Olympic Club of San Francisco, Album of Boxers of San Francisco. (Princeton University)

Santa reports that boxers had a big, bad year in 2015 in the categories of crime, courts, and general misbehavior…

There was a coal shortage this year at the North Pole, where Santa didn’t have enough to fill the stockings of all the unruly children in the world. The reason, reports Santa, is that boxers had a big, bad year in 2015 in the categories of crime, courts, and general misbehavior. Here are a few who landed on the old man’s “naughty” list this past year for crimes, misdemeanors, and general misbehavior:

Mike Alvarado, a convicted felon who had already served two prison terms, was arrested on weapons charges after Denver police found a handgun in the glove compartment of his Hummer during a routine traffic stop. “He’s living in a different world,” said his manager, Henry Delgado. “He didn’t go to court like he was supposed to, like we told him to. He doesn’t understand sometimes. He’s just with the wrong people in the wrong places sometimes.”
Jermain Taylor was charged with five counts of aggravated assault after police say he discharged a firearm in Little Rock, Arkansas, during a Martin Luther King Day Parade. The alleged victims said the former middleweight champ shot at him, and pointed a gun at his wife and kids.
Eamon Magee, a former contender at junior welterweight and welterweight, was sentenced to four months in jail for grabbing a woman by her hair, dragging her to the ground, and kicking and striking her, according to The Irish Times. In 2014, Magee was sentenced to four months in jail, only to have that sentence suspended, after being convicted of assault for kicking his ex-wife. The judge in that case also dismissed a charge of theft; Magee had been accused of taking some cash and a key to his ex-wife’s house. Another past case saw him sentenced to a year for grabbing a woman by her hair and attempting to throw her down a set of stairs, the Telegraph reported at the time.
• Light heavyweight contender Edison Miranda is listed as a fugitive by federal authorities, after the boxer was indicted, along with 28 others, in connection to an international drug trafficking and money laundering organization with members of the group residing in Puerto Rico, Colombia and Florida. Charges include - conspiracy to import and possess controlled substances, money laundering and international money laundering.

• Lightweight contender Michael Katsidis was taken into custody after officers who had pulled him over found what Australian newspaper The Courier Mail called “a drug pipe.” Katsidis was accused of burglary after allegedly breaking into a house in July 2014, according to a report at the time in Australia’s Fraser Coast Chronicle. That charge was dropped, but he was still facing a court date for allegedly “possessing restricted drugs,” according to The Courier Mail
• Nova Scotia newspaper The Chronicle Herald reported that Canadian junior featherweight Tyson Cave would face trial for allegedly assaulting a man in 2014. Police said the alleged incident happened at a bar less than 90 minutes after 2014 began. Cave was facing one count of aggravated assault and one count of assault with a weapon, and was accused of striking the man with what one report said was a beer bottle and another report said was a glass.

• Former cruiserweight contender Bash Ali was arrested last month after allegedly threatening to bomb a bank that had refused to give him money to put on a boxing match, according to Nigeria’s Premium Times Ali claimed he was arrested because he was going to reveal that the bank demanded cash as a bribe
• The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that former 122-pound titleholder Clarence “Bones” Adams was ordered to spend six months in jail after pleading guilty to drug trafficking, fraud and prostitution. Adams, who was a driver for the limousine company accused of the criminal activity, “admitted to playing a small role in the prostitution and drug dealing portions of the scheme,” the report said.
• Ricky Hatton’s former trainer, Bob Shannon, was charged with sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 16, a crime that allegedly occurred in June.
• Trainer and manager, Oscar Diaz, was suspended for life by FECOMBOX (Federación Mexicana de Comisiones de Boxeo), after the organization said he forged medical authorizations and changed boxers’ identities.

• Weathersfield, Ohio, police arrested former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik at a Foo Fighters concert, where he reportedly “showed up heavily intoxicated and began fighting.”
• Former lightweight contender Graham Earl was sentenced in seven years in prison for his role in a cocaine distribution ring, according to British newspaper the Leighton Buzzard Observer. Earl was accused of being one of five men who worked for a prolific drug dealer.
• The El Paso Times reported that Antonio Escalante, a contender at 122, 126 and 130 pounds, received eight years probation after being arrested four times within a year for DWI. He pled guilty on two of those charges to get a suspended jail sentence.
• Authorities in Cologne, Germany, were investigating former world champion Felix Sturm and his manager, Roland Bebak, for allegedly trying to hire a hitman for 20,000 Euros to kill Sturm’s former promoter Ahmet Oner. Sturm denied the charge, and Bebak told the Express that a third man, allegedly a friend of heavyweight Manuel Charr, tried to entice him to say negative things about Oner while secretly recording the conversation.

• Former lightweight titleholder Paul Spadafora was facing a criminal complaint accusing him of taking his brother’s Supplemental Security Income card, according to Pittsburgh television station WTAE. Spadafora’s brother later recanted the accusation. Spadafora served two years in jail for the non-fatal shooting of his girlfriend.
• Former middleweight champ Jermain Taylor was accused of second-degree assault after allegedly attacking a man at a rehab center in Pulaski County, Arkansas. The man was hospitalized after the alleged attack.
• Former WBA super bantamweight champion Loris Stecca, 54, was sentenced to 8½ in prison for attempted murder. Stecca stabbed business partner Roberta Cester in late 2013 at a gym they operated in Rimini, Italy. Cester survived but was seriously injured.
Eamonn Magee Jr., a 22-year-old junior welterweight and son of the former 140- and 147-pound fighter of the same name—was stabbed and killed in Northern Ireland, according to the Belfast Telegraph. A 29-year-old man was arrested in connection with the crime.

• Former featherweight WBO titleholder Scott Harrison was ordered by Scottish authorities to return to Spain to serve the rest of a prison sentence for a 2012 assault in which he attacked three men in a brothel.
• Former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver was ordered by a judge to pay the mother of his daughter $669,000 in back child support.
• Former world champion Juan Jose Estrada was stabbed to death in what was believed to be a family quarrel in the Mexican border city of Tijuana.

• Heavyweight Tor Hamer was arrested in New Jersey after allegedly running from police, who said they later found 7.5 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.
Ricardo Alvarez, older brother of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, was arrested in Guadalajara, Mexico, for illegal possession of a firearm. Local authorities were sweeping the local vicinity in Zapopan, in search of a stolen vehicle. Ricardo was standing outside of a store and officers felt that he was acting suspiciously. After searching him, a .380 glock was found tucked under his shirt with 13 shots in the clip. Alvarez was arrested and taken into custody to run a ballistics check on the weapon to ensure it was never used in a crime. The weapon came up clean, police said.
• Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr was shot four times in the abdomen in Germany, a crime rumored to be connected to members of a Lebanese criminal gang that had insulted Charr on Facebook. Charr then posted a video on Facebook with the address of a bar where he was waiting to settle the beef. The bar was the scene of the shooting.
• Former WBC flyweight titleholder Malcolm Tunacao was hospitalized in Cebu City, Philippines after being stabbed multiple times by his live-in girlfriend over what police described as a fit of “jealousy.” The girlfriend, Jessica Grace Tiu, was charged with attempted murder.

• Three-division world champion Shane Mosley took his ex-wife, Jin, to court after his attorney discovered that she evidently was already married to another man when she became Mrs. Mosley in 2002. Mosley and his attorney say Jin’s status as a bigomist means that their marriage, which lasted to 2011, never legally existed. That means there was never a legal divorce, and therefore should never have been a divorce settlement that gave Jin Mosley three houses, multiple investments and bank accounts, a 2009 Mercedes G Wagon and a 2008 Cadillac Escalade, income from Shane Mosley’s fight library, and a $600,000 lump-sum settlement in spousal support.

James Berry III, a once-promising Baltimore boxer who had been charged in six murders and was acquitted of the first three, was convicted of killing two brothers and shooting their mother in 2012. A Baltimore jury convicted Berry III and a co-defendant on multiple charges, including two counts of murder, murder conspiracy, and attempted murder, for the November 2012 killing of brothers Allen and Darian Horton, and wounding their mother, Renee Horton. The shootings were part of a years-long wave of violence connected to Berry and a group of neighborhood friends, according to the Baltimore Sun.
• Former champion Victor Ortiz was arrested at a Kenny Chesney concert in Pasadena and charged with felony assault with a weapon — the weapon being Ortiz’s foot — after he and his brother allegedly attacked another man.

• Two-division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez was facing a complaint of domestic violence for allegedly striking his wife in an incident reported at a residential home in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She posted a photo to social media, showing signs of blood from the alleged attack. The couple had reportedly been separated for the previous three months.

• A break-in at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, resulted in the theft of six world championship belts which were won by ring legends Carmen Basilio and Tony Zale. A thief or thieves smashed a window to gain access to the building at around 2:45 a.m. and broke three display cases before removing the items.
• Former cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell was shot to death during a robbery as he exited a public transit bus in Atlanta. An officer found Bell, 40, lying in the street, Atlanta police said. Another man nearby had also been shot but survived. An 18-year-old suspect was charged with the murder in December.
• Welterweight contender Frankie Gavin was handed a suspended jail sentence after admitting his role in a family holiday bar attack. Gavin was given a five-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, after he threw a broken bottle at a man, broke a bar stool on another man’s head, and punched a doorman as violence erupted at the bar in Brean, Somerset, England. Gavin’s two young children were among the witnesses.

• WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez settled a $9 million lawsuit filed by former IBF junior flyweight champion Ulises “Archie” Solis, who claimed Alvarez broke his jaw in an assault, forcing him to cancel future fights. Solis subsequently was stripped of this title belt by the IBF. Solis also lost several teeth and had to undergo two surgical procedures on the jaw. Solis had tried to bring criminal charges against Canelo in Mexico, but he was unsuccessful in doing so.

Dennis Taylor is editor/publisher of and host of The Ringside Boxing Show every Sunday at, beginning at 4 p.m. Pacific, 5 Mountain, 6 Central, 7 Eastern.

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  1. peter 09:11am, 01/05/2016

    Interesting article! I’m already looking forward—or dreading—reading next year’s follow-up article.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:52am, 01/02/2016

    Eric-On that note, the NFL highlight of this decade or any decade for that matter was Gronkowski running a route and literally obliterating Ray Lewis when he got in the way!

  3. Eric 05:16am, 01/02/2016

    The NCAA, NFL, and NBA surpass boxing by a long shot. Of course there are far more college & pro football and basketball players than boxers, but I’m guessing these leagues are still ahead even in crimes per capita. They don’t call the NFL the National Felons League for nuffin. I do think that boxing should remove Carlos Monzon from the HOF. Hell, MLB refuses to induct Pete Rose into the baseball HOF and the NFL and boxing have two murderers in their respective HOFs. Troy Aikman had plenty of concussions, but I don’t see him out there beating up women or trying to decapitate them with a butcher knife, so let’s throw that excuse out the window along with the “roid rage” caca. Plenty of people out there on “roids” who don’t go around knocking out women in elevators or going into a homicidal rage over minor issues.

  4. Dennis Taylor 09:24pm, 01/01/2016

    Thanks much ... just thinkin’ out loud. My wife nods off when I do that.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 04:32pm, 01/01/2016

    Dennis Taylor-Great research and reporting to start the year and then your post simply blew me away!

  6. Dennis Taylor 11:56am, 01/01/2016

    No doubt head injuries are a factor in many cases. How could they not be? It’s always uplifting to me, though, that the vast majority of fighters I meet are truly great guys outside the ring (a compliment I’m reluctant to bestow upon a high percentage of NFL and MLB players—I’ve covered both sports as a beat writer, and have encountered a lot of narcissistic a-holes over the years.) When I consider that most successful boxers clawed their way up from outrageously diffucult circumstances, rode a comet tail for a very brief time, then, just as suddenly, had to deal with an abrupt end to the party ... wow, it’s incredible to me that even more guys don’t run astray in some way. What a tough and mercurial way of life. Nothing but respect for these guys

  7. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:06am, 01/01/2016

    They’ve made a movie about concussions sustained by NFL players and the long term effects of those traumatic events. Everyone who follows this “sport” has seen fights where either one or both of the competitors have sustained multiple concussions during the course of one bout or even, for that matter in the course of one round of the more brutal engagements. Little wonder that some, not all, but some fighters and former fighters have poor impulse control.

  8. Dennis 09:26am, 01/01/2016

    Worthy observations!

  9. Mike Casey 05:15am, 01/01/2016

    If nothing else, Dennis, you’ve got to hand it to Paul Spadafora for sheer consistency. Perhaps a Lifetime Achievement Award.

  10. Clarence George 05:13am, 01/01/2016

    And perhaps honorable mention to Clifford Etienne.  True, he was on the receiving end of criminal mischief, but anyone who’s serving more than a hundred years in the hoosegow is pretty much perpetually on the naughty list.

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