CARACAS – Venezuela’s Antonio Cermeño, a former World Boxing Association world champion in two different divisions, was found murdered Tuesday on a highway near Caracas, police said.
Cermeño was kidnapped Monday night as he was leaving a store on the east side of Caracas with three family members, who later managed to escape.
His body was found in some bushes along the Caucagua-Higuerote highway, an agent of the CICPC investigative police told Efe.
The officer provided no details about the incident and would only confirm press accounts saying that the 44-year-old retired boxer had been unable to escape with the three members of his family, who took advantage of their captors negligence when the gunmen had to stop at a gas station.
The four were being held by two armed men, who afterwards took off with Cermeño alone after giving up trying to recapture the other three, who were hiding in a mechanic’s garage near the gas station.
Cermeño held the WBA super bantamweight and featherweight titles in the mid-1990s.