Knockout Artist Edwin Valero Arrested for Wife’s Death

Former two-time world champion Edwin Valero of Venezuela has been tagged as a suspect in the death of his wife, Jennifer Viera. Venezuelan Federal Police Chief Wilmer Flores said Valero, a former super featherweight and lightweight champion, has been arrested on Sunday, hours after the body of his 20-year-old wife was found in a Valencia hotel. Investigators said Viera was found with several stab wounds.

Valero, who is a fearsome knockout artist with an immaculate record of 27-0, has been hounded by personal problems throughout his career. The death of his wife comes about a month after Valero was arrested and charged with harassing his wife and medical personnel who treated Viera for broken ribs and a punctured lung, among others.

Flores said Valero was being brought to allow authorities to “take samples needed for the investigation of the case.” Lawyers for Valero, who is known to be close to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, have yet to release any statement regarding the arrest. Valero, who beat his first 18 opponents via first-round knockout, was once touted as a real threat to now seven-division champ Manny Pacquiao.