vs. Jose Baquedano
               vs. Anthony Bonsante
               vs. Nicanor Camacho
               vs. Yori Boy Campas
               vs. Santos Cardona
               vs. Jerry Cheatham
               vs. Robbie Epps
               vs. Manuel Esparza
               vs. Steve Gregory
               vs. Urbano Gurrola
               vs. Carlos Herrera
               vs. Lamont Kirkland (fair video quality)
               vs. Manuel Lopez
               vs. Mario Maldonado
               vs. Tony Menefee
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Tony Ayala boxing career DVD:
$
29.95
Antonio Ayala Jr. (born February 13, 1963) is a Mexican American boxer in the junior middleweight division.
He began his professional career in 1980, and by 1982 he had compiled a record of 22 wins and no losses,
with 19 knockouts. Ayala has two brothers who were boxers, Mike Ayala and Sammy Ayala.[1]


Early life
Ayala was born in San Antonio, Texas.

Pro career
On one occasion, he spit on his opponent after knocking him to the ground. He also admitted to using heroin
before a fight on three occasions (his brother Mike Ayala also made allegations of using drugs before his
world title fight against Danny Lopez). In the summer of 1981, teenager Ayala was featured in a cover story
of Sports Illustrated as a rising star in boxing. Veteran boxing writer Michael Katz claimed he was the best
young fighter he had ever seen, Muhammad Ali's trainer Angelo Dundee said he thought Ayala could have
been one of boxing's greatest fighters. On September 16, 1981, he fought on the undercard of the
legendary fight between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns. After defeating Carlos Herrera at the end
of 1982, he was scheduled to fight champion Davey Moore.[2]

Rape conviction
The fight was not to be. On January 1, 1983, Ayala burglarized the home of his neighbor, a young
schoolteacher, and brutally sexually assaulted her.[3] Although he was only 19 years old, Ayala had already
been convicted twice of assaults against women. He had been given probation for these offenses.[4] Under
a repeat offender's law, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison. The prosecutor at trial argued the young
boxer should serve the full term because he was a danger to the community.[5]

Release 16 years later
Ayala was paroled from prison in 1999 and resumed his boxing career,[6] winning six high profile fights, all
by knockout. An eliminator against hard hitting ex-champ Yori Boy Campas brought an end to his unlikely
comeback, a hand injury caused Ayala to quit on his stool after 8 rounds. His troubles with the law
continued. In 2000, he was shot in the shoulder by a young woman after breaking into her home. He
received probation and a brief jail term for this offense. In 2003, Ayala was charged with having sex with a
thirteen year old girl, but the charges were dismissed when the girl said she lied about it. Finally, in 2004
Ayala was sentenced to ten years in prison when found speeding, without a driving license and with heroin
and pornography in his possession.[7]