Low Blows: More News on Corrales, Steroid Suspensions, and More

More boxing news? You bet your sweet bippy there’s more boxing news. And most of it is bad.

– The Associated Press reports that Hector “Macho” Camacho was sentenced to seven years in prison for burglary. Camacho could avoid jail time as the first year of the sentence will be on house arrest followed by a probationary period. Camacho, a world champion in three divisions, bought a laptop from ZDI Computer Center and left it over night for maintenance. According to police reports, Camacho was “crazy” on tequila and crawled through the ceiling of office space he shares with the computer company in order to retrieve his laptop. Wayne Woodall, ZDI’s attorney, claims Camacho fell through the ceiling and left with seven laptops and about $5,600 in checks and cash. Some things you just can’t make up.

– The Boxing Hall of Fame welcomed the class of 2007 last week in Canastota, New York. Headlining the 13 member class were Roberto Duran and Pernell Whitaker. Both were world champions in four different weight classes and Whitaker received an Olympic gold medal at the 1984 games in Los Angeles. Also inducted was Ricardo Lopez, who dominated the straw-weight division for a decade.

– Diego Corrales was legally drunk when he crashed his motorcycle in a fatal accident last month, according to toxicology tests which showed Corrales’ blood-alcohol content at .25 percent. The legal limit in Nevada is .08 percent. Corrales had a history with drunk driving and DUIs and it’s sad to see that he couldn’t rid himself of that problem.

– James Toney and Danny Batchelder were both suspended for one year after failing steroid tests following their fight on May 24th. Is this really necessary since both guys were on steroids? No one should have been at an advantage. And how do guys still think they can get away with this today? I guess this clears up time for James Toney to shoot that reality show I’ve always wanted him to do.

Results From Last Week

– Edner Cherry defeated Wes Ferguson by unanimous decision in their lightweight bout.

– In other lightweight action Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov got a split decision win over Miguel Angel Huerta.

– Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman defeated Taurus Sykes by unanimous decision.

– Lucian Bute earned a super middleweight title shot with his unanimous decision over Sakio Bika.

– Zsolt Erdei successfully defended his WBO Light Heavyweight title with an 11th round TKO of George Blades.

– Paulie Malignaggi earned his first world title with a unanimous decision over Lovemore N’dou for the IBF Light Welterweight title.

– 42-year-old Oliver McCall got a unanimous decision over Sinan Samil Sam in a WBC Heavyweight Title Eliminator.

– Peter Manfredo Jr is staying busy and keeps on winning. Manfredo Jr lost to Joe Calzaghe in April and has already fought and won twice in the two months since the loss. The second win was a unanimous decision over David Banks in the main event of ESPN Wednesday Night Fights.