by David P. Greisman
Martin Tucker’s latest win might also prove to be the night that led to his greatest defeat.
That’s because the FBI suspected the junior welterweight of being one of three men who robbed a bank in Michigan back in 2009. Nearly three years later, an investigator watched Tucker win a four-rounder over Devarise Clayton, and then seized a Q-tip that Tucker’s corner man had inserted in the fighter’s bloody nose, according to The Detroit News.
DNA from the Q-Tip apparently matched that of a ski mask police found after tracking down the vehicle used in the robbery. The mask was among evidence found in a wooded nearby, the newspaper said.
Tucker was arrested just this Tuesday, according to the article. Another suspect was arrested last year.
April’s fight was Tucker’s first win in his past seven fights, but years ago he had put together an impressive batch of victories, taking a decision over Rashad Holloway very early in Holloway’s career, winning a split decision over tough gatekeeper Doel Carrasquillo and then beating then-undefeated prospect Michael Torres.
Tucker’s win over Torres, who was 13-0 at the time, was chronicled in this fantastic article by BoxingScene’s own Thomas Gerbasi:
After beating Torres, Tucker lost to several recognizable names: Lanard Lane, Sharif Bogere, Ivan Popoca and Nick Casal.
The 32-year-old is now 8-10 with 3 knockouts. His boxing career is suddenly the least of his worries, though.
David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected].