Martin Tucker beat Devarise Crayton in a junior welterweight boxing match by unanimous decision in April. Normally, when two guys with a combined record of 14-23 face off in Toledo, nobody pays attention. Unfortunately, for Tucker, the FBI was paying close attention. Via Boxing Scene.com:
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.
If you are wondering why a boxer might rob a bank, its because there isn’t much money in boxing right now. While this should be a lesson to all the young trouble-makers out there, it’s also fairly interesting to think that all law enforcement needs to circumvent the legal process for obtaining DNA samples is to get suspects to participate in a combat sport.