World-ranked boxer Tony Ayala Jr. was found guilty in Paterson, N.J., yesterday of all six counts against him in connection with a sexual assault on a woman who lived in his apartment complex.
Ayala showed no emotion as the foreman announced the verdict. Ayala's wife and mother sat nearby, weeping and embracing each other.
The victim also cried and said she was "relieved."
Superior Court Judge Amos C. Saunders revoked Ayala's $75,000 bail and ordered him returned to the Passaic County Jail until sentencing June 21. He faces a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison.
Ayala, the top-ranked junior middleweight contender in the World Boxing Association and ranked No. 2 among World Boxing Council super welterweights, was arrested Jan. 1 after police said a 30-year-old West Paterson woman identified him as the man who assaulted her in her apartment . . .
Legislation that would create a 10-member commission with a $2 million budget to study professional boxing was approved by voice vote by a House subcommittee and sent to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee. The commission would report to Congress in nine months with recommendations aimed at establishing minimum uniform standards in boxing.