Former WBC Champ Edwin Valero Enters Rehab
One of the fighter's attorneys, Milda Mora, told the AP that the 28-year-old Valero (27-0, 27 knockouts) entered the rehab center in the Venezuelan city of Merida on Sunday under court orders following his arrest on charges of harassing his wife, threatening medical personnel who treated her and resisting arrest.
Mora told the AP on Tuesday that Valero tested positive for drug and alcohol use after he was arrested last Thursday. Mora did not provide details regarding Valero's addiction problems, but said he's hyperactive and suffers from depression.
The Venezuelan-born Valero was coming off of the second defense of his crown, having scored February's 10th-round knockout of WBC interim titlist, Antonio DeMarco.
"I think that he's going to be there for between three and six months," said Top Rank Promotions' CEO, Bob Arum, who promotes Valero. "Hopefully, he'll get himself together, and the rehabilitation will work, and we'll worry about his boxing career after he finishes his rehab."