AP Photo: Tim Larsen
If you love the sport as I do, you must admit it’s been a crappy week with the following storylines dominating the headlines.
“Gatti’s widow gets $100K from boxer’s estate” According to the Associated Press, the bitter feud between Arturo Gatti’s wife, Amanda Rodrigues and the former fighter’s mom and brother still has life in the courts. Thursday, nine months after Gatti’s tragic death, Rodrigues was awarded $100,000 from the six million dollar estate by a Quebec Superior Court judge. The money is compensation for the legal fees she was forced to pay to defend herself against accusations she was the one responsible for the former boxing champion’s death. She also received $2,000 a month for the couple’s 18-month-old son. Back in November, another Quebec judge awarded Rodrigues $40,000 to cover legal fees and child care costs.
Considering all of the hard work and hardship that went into earning that dough, it’s disheartening to learn the principles (the family) has to continue squabbling in this manner.
After this week’s troubling news, some boxing fans might be wondering if Edwin Valerio was properly tested for performance enhancing drugs just prior to his bout versus Antonio DeMarco in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. AP file photo.
Headline #2 “Valero enters rehab”
The people who like to bash boxing were all over this story. “You see, I told you. Valerio must have been on something when he fought my boy, (Antonio) DeMarco. Boxing should have the same strict testing they have for the Olympics.”
On Sunday, Edwin Valero, the WBC lightweight champion, entered a rehab center in the Venezuelan city of Merida for treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. Valero was under a court order following his arrest on charges of harassing his wife, threatening medical personnel treating her and then resisting arrest.
The 28-year-old’s attorney did not provide details regarding Valero’s addiction problems, but she did say he’s hyperactive and suffers from depression. Police detained Valero following an argument he had with a doctor and nurse at a hospital in Merida, where his wife was being treated for a series of injuries, including a punctured lung and broken ribs.
Valero accused a police officer of pressuring his wife, Jennifer Carolina Viera, to tell authorities that her injuries were the result of domestic violence. Viera has not publicly commented on the incident.
“There was a verbal argument, but no blows,” said the boxer’s attorney. “Viera’s injuries were caused by a fall down a flight of stairs at the couple’s home while she checked a water tank located on the roof.”
Headline#3“Tapia back in jail”
On March 7, 2010, the 43-year-old, former five-time world champion, returned to the ring for the first time in three years and won a fourth-round TKO victory over Carlos Sanchez at the Ohkay Casino.
Thursday, April 1st, the boxing great was back in jail. A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Detention Center in New Mexico said Tapia’s urine tested positive for cocaine. Tapia was undergoing the test as part of the conditions of his release into a community custody program rather than remain behind bars on a probation violation.
Prior blunders include being jailed last July for leaving town and going to Red River, N.M., a violation of the terms of his probation. Tapia (57-5-2 with 29 KO’s) had been suspended from boxing from October 1990 to March 1994 after testing positive for cocaine.
Headline #4 and 5 “Calzaghe admits using cocaine ever since retirement” and “Tommy “the Hitman” Hearns sells off memorabilia to pay off the IRS.” Believe me, this week had a ton of troubling news.