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Ex-boxer Accused of Sexual Contact

October 16, 2000

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Former boxer Tommy Cordova has been arrested after an 11-year-old girl told authorities he made lewd comments and touched her in a sexual manner.

The 38-year-old Cordova was arrested Sunday and charged with criminal sexual contact of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Bail was set at $100,000.

Cordova told authorities he is innocent and denied making lewd comments.

Cordova, nicknamed ``El Torito″ _ the little bull _ was a favorite with Albuquerque fans for his aggressive style and ability to take a lot of punches.

He won ESPN’s juvenile welterweight title (130 pounds) in 1984, the year after he began boxing. He retired in 1991 with a career record of 22-13-3.

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