Electric Sheep site, TheUppercutTV, presents: Worse outside of the ring: guys whose better sides were seen in boxing fights

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Believe it or not, not all of the people who choose to pursue a career that involves mercilessly pounding on another human being are upstanding individuals. Of course, some are. Greats like Muhammad Ali have carried themselves with grace and dignity, and more boxers are good people than aren’t. While most boxers seem to get all of their aggression out during boxing fights, some of them just couldn’t shake their demons. Here are three boxers who saved the worst for outside of the ring.

Carlos Monzon

Arguably the greatest Argentinian boxer of all time, Carlos Monzon was a star in the ring for his skills, having held the undisputed world middleweight title for seven years, and a star out of the ring for his volatile and violent relationships, which the Argentinian press were absolutely obsessed with. Defying the odds, however, Monzon managed to retire in 1977 and stay out of the press for a solid 11 years. Anyone who thought Monzon’s days of domestic violence were over were sorely mistaken, however. While in vacation with his mistress Alicia Muniz, he strangled her on a balcony and threw her over the edge. Monzon was convicted of homicide and sentenced to 11 years in prison. In 1995 he was permitted to leave prison to visit his family. He died in a car accident on his way back to jail.

Edwin Valero

If we give the wheel of awful boxers another spin, look at that, would you believe it, we’ve got another wife-killer. Edwin Valero was both a super-featherweight and a lightweight world champion, one who knocked out every single one of the 27 opponents he ever faced. He was known as an animal in the ring, and outside of the ring, well … his wife was admitted to hospital three times with serious injuries, including a punctured lung, with the third incident occurring on March 25, 2010. On April 18, 2010, the body of Valero’s wife, Carolina, was discovered in a hotel room. Valero admitted to both hotel staff and police that he had murdered her. He committed suicide in jail the next day.

Esteban De Jesus

Esteban De Jesus was a Puerto Rican boxer who reigned for a short time as the world lightweight champion. His career was never really without controversy, however, as he admitted early on to using both cocaine and heroin. His drug problems came to a head in 1980 when he injected himself with cocaine and became involved in a traffic dispute with a 17-year-old. De Jesus fatally shot the 17-year-old in the head. It was Thanksgiving weekend. De Jesus was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison. After serving five years of his sentence De Jesus was diagnosed with AIDS and allowed to return home to his family for his final days.

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