Boxing's 4 Most Infamous Cheaters of All Time
The sport of boxing is almost always tough and vicious.
While it has lost much of its luster in recent years as Mixed Martial Arts fighting takes greater hold, the sport of boxing can be both artistic and brutal at the same time when two top-level fighters engage in a hard-hitting bout.
However, the sport can easily turn vicious when one fighter or another gets an edge and then pounds his opponent without mercy. That's the nature of the sport. When both fighters are in top condition and throwing hard punches at each other's heads and upper body, serious injuries can occur in a fair fight.
But what happens when a fighter tries to go outside the rules to get an edge in his fight? If a fighter attempts to win a fight by cheating, an opponent can get damaged seriously and careers can end.
In this piece we will look at four fighters who engaged some serious cheating in an effort to secure victory.
We have not included rumors of cheating, only documented cases.
Antonio Margarito's Loaded Gloves
Prior to the 2009 Shane Mosley-Antonio Margarito fight, Mosley's trainer Naazim Richardson was in Margarito's dressing room so he could observe Margarito's hands getting wrapped prior to putting on boxing gloves.
As Margarito's trainers were wrapping their fighter's hands, Richardson noticed what appeared to be a Plaster of Paris powder on the wraps (source: London Mirror). The Plaster of Paris hardens when it comes into contact with moisture, and any fighter will sweat during the course of a fight.
As soon as Richardson saw the substance, he accused Margarito of fighting with loaded gloves. Margarito's hands were rewrapped and Mosley hammered Margarito.
However, in a previous fight, Margarito had been victorious against Miguel Cotto. By the end of the fight, Cotto's face was cut and bruised badly. When Cotto heard what had been discovered by Richardson, he accused Margarito of fighting with loaded gloves.
Margarito was suspended for a year.
In a rematch with Cotto, Margarito got battered.
Luis Resto vs. Billy Collins
Undefeated Billy Collins met journeyman Luis Resto in a 1983 bout in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Collins was an up-and-coming fighter who hoped the bout would propel him towards the upper reaches of the middleweight boxing division. Instead, Collins was battered and suffered brutal facial injuries.
Resto's trainer Panama Lewis had cut out the padding in his fighter's gloves in an effort to give Resto the edge. The fight was ruled a 10-round no decision.
Resto and Lewis were later convicted on charges of assault, conspiracy and possession of a deadly weapon, according to EastSideBoxing.com. Resto and Lewis went to prison and were banned from boxing for life.
Collins' boxing career ended, and he was killed in a car accident less than a year later.
Mike Tyson Bites Evander Holyfield's Ear
After losing to Evander Holyfield in their first fight, Mike Tyson was desperate prior to their second fight in 1997.
Tyson took desperation to a new level when he bit Holyfield's ear, taking off a piece of his flesh. The sickening event took place in the third round of the fight. Tyson was being hit hard by Holyfield and had also been head-butted. While Tyson got in a few decent punches, Holyfield was controlling the action.
Late in the third round, the two were involved in a clinch. Tyson spit out his mouth guard and bit Holyfield on the right ear (source: ESPN.com). The gruesome move cost Tyson two points, but the fight was allowed to continue.
In the next round, Tyson bit Holyfield's left ear. Referee Mills Lane disqualified Tyson, whose purse was withheld. Holyfield was taken to the hospital.
Shane Mosley Uses Steroids
Prior to his 2003 fight with Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley used the notorious steroids known as "the cream" and "the clear."
Mosley told the New York Daily News in 2007 that his strength and conditioning coach Darryl Hudson got the substances from notorious BALCO founder Victor Conte and that they had been "misled" as to their contents. SI.com also reported Mosley's usage of the designer steroids.
Conte denied that he had misled the two men, saying he always had made a full disclosure to his clients as to what they were using.
Mosley defeated De La Hoya by a unanimous decision.