A FORMER Argentinian world champion boxer who once went 12 rounds with Floyd Mayweather Jr has been jailed for 18 years after being convicted of child abuse.
Carlos Baldomir, 48, was told his fate on Wednesday after being hauled to court in handcuffs wearing a white T-shirt with the word ‘Triumph’ on it.
The retired boxer, who has been held in custody since the end of 2016, was found guilty of repeatedly abusing the youngster between 2012 and 2014 when she was aged seven and eight.
His trial at a court in the Argentinian city of Santa Fe – which started on July 25 – was held behind closed doors after courtroom confrontations with reporters covering the hearing.
At one point the former boxer stuck up his middle finger at journalists.
Baldomir is expected to serve out the remainder of his sentence in Santa Fe prison Coronda where he has been on remand since his arrest nearly three years ago.
State prosecutors and private prosecutors acting for the victim and her family had demanded a prison sentence of 20 years when the trial started.
Baldomir, who pleaded not guilty, became a world welterweight champion after defeating Zab Judah in January 2006 in a mandatory challenge for the American’s title at Madison Square Garden.
He went on to defend his WBC Welterweight title and won the IBA welterweight title by defeating fan favourite Arturo Gatti in July 2006.
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He fought Mayweather on November 4 2006 in Las Vegas for the WBC, The Ring and lineal welterweight titles.
He survived 12 rounds but two judges had Mayweather winning every round, with the other giving all but two to the American.
His professional boxing record stands at 49 wins and 16 losses from his 71 fights.