Former world champion Argentinian boxer Carlos Balmodir has been detained for 18 years for child abuse
- Carlos Balmodir, 48, was convicted today after being held in prison since 2016
- He was detained in prison in Argentina for 18 years after being convicted of child abuse
- Balmodir appeared to have abused the young person between 2012 and 2014
A former Argentinian boxer world champion who once went 12 rounds with Floyd Mayweather Jr., was imprisoned for 18 years after being convicted of child abuse.
Carlos Balmodir, 48, was told his fate today after he was dragged to the court with handcuffs in a white T-shirt with the word "Triumph" on it.
The retired boxer, detained since the end of 2016, was found guilty of repeated abuse of the young person between 2012 and 2014 when she was seven and eight years old.
Baldomir, pictured as the winner of the Welterweight World Championship at Madison Square Garden in 2007, was told his destiny today
His trial at a court in the Argentine city of Santa Fe – which began on July 25 – was held behind closed doors after courtroom conflicts with reporters about the hearing.
At one point the former boxer raised his middle finger to journalists.
Baldomir is expected to serve the remainder of his sentence in the Coronda prison in Santa Fe, where he has been in pre-trial detention almost three years ago.
Prosecutors and prosecutors acting for the victim and her family had demanded a 20-year prison sentence when the trial began.
Baldomir, who pleaded not guilty, became a welterweight world champion after beating Zab Judah in January 2006 in a mandatory challenge for the American title at Madison Square Garden.
Baldomir fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas on November 4, 2006 for the WBC, The Ring and linear welterweight titles
He went on to defend his WBC welterweight title and won the IBA welterweight title by beating fan favorite Arturo Gatti in July 2006.
He fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. on November 4, 2006 in Las Vegas for the WBC, The Ring and linear welterweight titles. He survived 12 rounds, but two judges let Mayweather win all 12 rounds, while the other gave all but two Americans.
His professional boxing record stands at 49 wins and 16 losses from his 71 fights.
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