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Boxer Valero Found Dead in Jail Cell

Undefeated boxing champ, 28-year-old Edwin Valero, committed suicide this week. Undefeated boxing champ, 28-year-old Edwin Valero, committed suicide this week.

Venezuelan boxier and world champion, Edwin Valero, was found dead in his jail cell on Monday. Valero had hanged himself with his clothes after being detained over the murder of his wife.

Valero was a former WBA Super Featherweight Champion, but vacated his title when he moved up to lightweight, where he again captured a world title as the WBC Lightweight Champion.

Valero’s last fight was in February, when he successfully defended his WBC title against Antonio DeMarco, winning the fight by TKO.

Valero vacated the title shortly after that and began a rehabilitation program for alcohol abuse. The WBC listed him as their “champion in recess.”

Wilmer Flores was the police chief who found the 28-year-old boxer hanging in his cell. Prisoners first alerted officials of noises coming from Valero’s cell. Officials arrived to find Valero hanging from his own clothes. There were signs of life, but the boxer did not survive.

Valero was a father of two, a seven-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl. He was arrested on Sunday and charged with stabbing his wife to death in a hotel in the city of Valencia. Police say he confessed to the murder.

Valero had twice been arrested for assault. The first time was last year, when a man claimed that Valero had attacked his sister and mother. The second time was earlier this year when his wife was admitted to hospital for bruises and a damaged lung.

The charges were dropped after both Valero and his wife claimed the injuries were a result of a fall. She had been treated at the same hospital twice in the past with similar injuries.

While at the hospital, Valero caused a disturbance. Police were called in and Valero was taken before a judge, where he admitted to being an alcoholic. The judge sent him for rehab and psychiatric evaluation, which put his boxing career on hiatus.

Valero was a very vocal supporter of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Valero had a tattoo of the Venezuelan flag and Chavez on his chest.

Valero was undefeated in his professional boxing career, going 27-0 with all wins coming by knockout, 19 of them in the first round. He won each of his first 18 pro fights by first round knockout, setting a record that has since been broken by Tyrone Brunson.

With the suicide of Edwin Valero, the boxing world loses one of its best fighters. Haunted by demons of violence and substance abuse, Valero was often his own most dangerous opponent. Saddest of all, he leaves behind two orphaned children, who lost both of their parents in a 24-hour period.

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