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Boxer Tony Ayala Jr. Shot

December 12, 2000

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Tony Ayala Jr., who had resumed a once-promising boxing career after 16 years in prison, was shot early Tuesday in a woman’s home and police planned to charge him with burglary.

Ayala was listed in stable condition at University Health Center, where police stood guard. He was shot once in the left shoulder by a woman he had met at his father’s San Antonio gym.

Burglary charges were being prepared, deputy police chief Richard Gleinser said. The 37-year-old boxer, convicted of rape in 1983, was to be taken to jail after his release from the hospital.

Ayala’s lawyer, Alan Brown, said he was awaiting more details from the police.

``Tony was hurt and no one else was hurt in it,″ Brown said. ``These kind of cases turn on what your intent was.″

The woman was staying at the house along with another woman and two children. Ayala entered through an unlocked door or window at about 4 a.m. and was discovered hovering over one of the women who was sleeping on a couch, police said.

The women, armed with a handgun, confronted him and called the police. The woman Ayala knew shot him when he made a threatening move, police said.

She probably will not face charges.

``We feel she was right and justified in what she did,″ Gleinser said.

Ayala, a ferocious fighter who was the top junior middleweight contender at age 19, was released in April 1999 from a New Jersey prison after serving 16 years of a 35-year sentence.

Before he was sent to prison, Ayala was undefeated in 22 fights. He returned to the ring in August 1999 and won five easy bouts.

In July, he broke his hand in the second round against Yory Boy Campas and lost. He had said he hoped for a rematch with Campas at the end of this year.

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