Report: Feds considering manslaughter charges in boxer's death

09/03/2005

Report: Feds considering manslaughter charges in boxer's death

The March 14, 2005 edition of ESPN The Magazine has a very interesting story about Joey Torres, an amateur boxer who spent about twenty years in prison, and upon his release got mixed up in all sorts of corruption with Top Rank, the Nevada promotional company.  Torres turned pro at 41 years old and won what was seen by many to be a fixed fight. According to the story, Torres was scared that he might have to go back to jail so he wore a wire for the FBI which allowed the FBI to record a conversation between Torres and Sean Gibbons, then a Top Rank employee, in which Gibbons said he submitted fraudulent medical tests so that Torres could fight despite the fact that he had hepatitis.  The story also talks about the in-the-ring death of Brad Rone, who was recruited by Gibbons to fight despite 25 straight losses. Rone was to be paid $800 but suffered a heart attack after one round. That disgrace could result in manslaughter charges as soon as this summer.  -Scott Shaffer