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10/28/2006 3:39pm,

Ex-boxing champ Trevor Berbick killed in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Former world heavyweight boxing champion Trevor Berbick was killed in Jamaica on Saturday by an assailant wielding a hatchet or machete, police said.

He was the last boxer to beat the legendary Muhammad Ali in 1981 and held the world heavyweight title briefly in 1986 before losing it to Mike Tyson.

Berbick, 51, suffered a gaping head wound in the attack in his native Norwich village, 146 miles east of Kingston, and was pronounced dead at the Port Antonio Hospital, police said. They said the assailant was carrying a weapon such as a machete or hatchet that cut a deep "chop wound."

Friends said they had seen Berbick at a party Friday night but police said they had few other details on his death.

Berbick represented Jamaica at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and settled in Canada for years. He turned professional the following year and won the World Boxing Council heavyweight title in 1986, when he defeated American Pinklon Thomas.

Berbick returned to Jamaica in 2003 after being deported from the United States, where he had several run-ins with the law and served a prison sentence.

Jamaica has been fighting a surge in murders and crime that threatens the Caribbean island's crucial tourist trade and is believed to be drug-related.


Too many blows to the head can be deadly. :(

10/28/2006 5:10pm,
Stay away from drugs, kids, they're bad for you.

10/28/2006 5:20pm,
From what I have read about him over the years..it sounds like Berbick was an asshole rapist with a cocaine addiction anyways.
Good riddance.:hello:

bad credit
10/29/2006 5:13am,
Kali FTW! (Wow, I've stooped to a new personal low.)

10/30/2006 9:34am,
Jamaican police make arrest in slaying of ex-boxing champ Trevor Berbick

Mon Oct 30, 2:24 AM
By Howard Campbell

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with the killing of former heavyweight champion and Trevor Berbick, who was bludgeoned and left to die in a church courtyard next to his family's home in a rural hamlet.

Several residents of the remote farming community in Norwich district said the suspect was involved in a land dispute with the troubled boxer. Les Green, a Scottish detective who this year was appointed assistant police commissioner of the violence-wracked nation, refused to identify the man before his arraignment, which has not been scheduled.

"We have some very good information from witnesses, and we have recovered a weapon we believe was used in the assault," he said Sunday.

Berbick moved to Montreal from Jamaica following the Olympics in 1976. He was the Canadian and Commonwealth heavyweight boxing champion in the early 1980's. He moved to Florida in 1984.

Green would not say what kind of weapon was recovered or where it was found. Forensic tests would be completed on the weapon Monday, he said.

Police would not say if others were suspected of being involved in the slaying of Berbick, who is best remembered as boxing legend Muhammad Ali's final opponent in 1981. Green said detectives were investigating whether a family conflict sparked the attack, but he declined to provide further details.

"A domestic argument may be the root of the attack on Trevor Berbick, and detectives have been working hard on this inquiry," Green said. "They have interviewed some significant witnesses."

Investigators arrested the suspect several hours after Berbick's body was discovered about 6:30 a.m. Saturday in his hometown parish of Portland, about 128 kilometres east of Kingston. Berbick, who was believed to be 52, was pronounced dead by a local doctor in the church courtyard next to the three-bedroom house where he was raised.

Detective Sgt. Kenneth Bailey of the Port Antonio police station in Portland told The Jamaica Gleaner that Berbick was last seen alive early Saturday at a nearby bar.

"The body had four wounds to the back of the head, as he was probably attacked from behind," Bailey told the newspaper. "The impression and damage done to the skull have indicated that a machete may have been used by his attacker or attackers to murder him."

After beating Ali in 1981 in an unanimous decision in the Bahamas, Berbick went on to win the WBC heavyweight title fours years later in a decision over Pinklon Thomas. His reign was short, however, as a 20-year-old Mike Tyson knocked out Berbick in the second round Nov. 22, 1986, to become the youngest heavyweight champ.

He fought from 1976 to 2000, finishing with a record of 50-11 with one draw and 33 knockouts. He also fought for his Caribbean homeland at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Following his retirement from the ring, Berbick was convicted in the U.S. for sexual assault, grand theft and burglary.

"We have our challenges in life, but Trevor seemed to handle his challenges very badly," said C. Lloyd Allen, former president of the Jamaica Boxing Board and a close friend. "Once he lost to Tyson, he just went down a slippery slope."

In 1991, Berbick was convicted for attacking his former business manager, who testified the boxer put a gun to her head and accused her of stealing money from him.

The following year, he was convicted of raping a family baby sitter in Florida and was sentenced to four years in prison. He also was convicted in 1992 for forging his former wife's signature to get a mortgage on a home.

After 15 months in prison, Berbick was deported from the U.S. He went to Montreal and eventually moved back to the U.S., but was deported a second time.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced by Berbick's family.


10/31/2006 10:30am,
2nd man held in boxer's death

One suspect related to Berbick, police confirm
Possibility of land dispute probed, they say
Oct. 31, 2006. 08:51 AM

Jamaican police have made a second arrest in the slaying of former Canadian and world heavyweight boxing champion Trevor Berbick, confirming that one of the suspects is a family member.

The arrest of a second man, in his 40s, came late Sunday after hours of extensive questioning of the first suspect, a 20-year-old man, said Karl Angell, spokesman for the Jamaica Constabulary Force in Kingston.

Police told Associated Press that a woman, the mother of the 20-year-old suspect arrested Sunday, has also been detained for questioning.

"One of the men is related to Mr. Berbick," said Cpl. Duane Campbell of the Constabulary Communications Network, which is handling media for the investigative team.

He refused to say which of the suspects was related to the 52-year-old former boxer, who once beat the legendary Muhammad Ali.

"Let me emphasize that no one has been charged in the homicide as yet, but two men are under arrest and the investigation is progressing steadily," Campbell said.

Berbick was found dead early Saturday with multiple head wounds in the yard of Norwich Baptist Chapel, across the road from his home, in a quiet farming community on the island's northeast, about 120 kilometres from the capital Kingston.

Police have said the wounds to the back of his head were consistent with a machete, which in rural Jamaica is a primary farm implement for small cultivators.

Campbell and Angell confirmed investigators are looking closely at a family property dispute.

One neighbour said Berbick was "on a low as far as finances are concerned."

He returned to Jamaica after being deported from the United States in 2002.


11/01/2006 1:50am,
Jamaican police make arrest in slaying of ex-boxing champ Trevor Berbick

I had no idea Jamaican police were so competent. Perhaps, the Aruban authorities can take lessons from their detectives.

11/03/2006 2:38pm,
Police charge Berbick nephew with murdering the former heavyweight champion

Fri Nov 3, 9:30 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - A 20-year-old nephew of Trever Berbick and a second man have been charged with murdering the former heavyweight boxing champion, police said Friday.

Harold Berbick and an 18-year-old man from the same eastern region were charged late Thursday and were scheduled to appear in court Friday, constable Courtney Gibbs said.

The body of 51-year-old Berbick was discovered in a church courtyard Oct. 28 in his home parish of Portland, about 130 kilometres east of the Jamaican capital. Berbick's nephew and the second man, Kenton Gordon, were detained in Kingston earlier this week.

Berbick was the last boxer to face Muhammad Ali in the ring and briefly held the WBC heavyweight title before losing it to Mike Tyson in 1986.