The mustache alone on this champion defines glory.
In the first two years of his career, Ayala Jr. compiled a record of 22-0-0, with 19 of those wins by KO. When it was all said and done, he finished with a 33-3-1 fight record, adding eight more knockouts.
Ayala was known as a wild personality, having been accused of spitting on an opponent after knocking him to the ground. Moreover, he admitted to using heroin three different times before fights.
Personal issues aside, Ayala was fighting his way to the top of boxing in the early 1980s. All was good for the rising star until he robbed and sexually assaulted his neighbor.
He was 19 years old at the time but was on probation for two previous incidents involving sexual abuse.
A jury ruled Ayala guilty, and he was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 1983. Sixteen years later he was paroled and continued his boxing career, winning a number of high-profile fights.
His newfound success didn't last long, though, as he ran into trouble with the law a few times early in the decade and was sentenced to 10 more years in prison after he was caught speeding without a license and found in possession of heroin.