Ex-boxing champ sentenced 18 years for sexually abusing daughter

A court in Argentina has sentenced former welterweight world boxing champion Carlos Baldomir to 18 years in prison on Wednesday for the repeated sexual abuse of one of his daughters, a court in Santa Fe has announced

The 48-year-old, who was World Boxing Council champion for 10 months in 2006, was arrested in 2016 following allegations by his ex-wife that he had abused his daughter between 2012 and 2014, when she was seven to eight years old.

He was unanimously convicted of “repeated sexual abuse” of a minor in the court, headed by judges Pablo Busaniche, Rodolfo Mingarini and Susana Luna.

The sentence was read out behind closed doors to protect the identity of the victim. Prosecutors had sought a 20-year sentence.

When the trial began on Thursday, Baldomir showed his middle finger to those present, a provocative gesture recorded by television cameras.

More than twenty witnesses gave testimony in the trial over a lengthy two-day period.

Baldomir’s greatest career highlight came in January 2006 when he shocked the unified welterweight champion Zab Judah.

He defended his title against Italian-Canadian Arturo “Thunder” Gatti before losing to Mayweather in November that year.

He recorded 49 wins, 15 by knockout, 16 defeats and six draws in his career. He retired in 2014.

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