TIGER MARTINEZ LAWSUIT, LIKE HIS BOXING CAREER, ENDS WITH DQ
By Scott Shaffer
In 2003-2004, Edelmiro "Tiger" Martinez worked as a porter while at the same time successfully pursuing a career as a pro boxer. The highlight of his career was a ten-round draw in 2003 with Nate Campbell, who would go on to become the world lightweight champion a few years later. Martinez got a second fight with Campbell to settle the draw, which took place on July 30, 2004 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. The rematch ended with Martinez getting knocked down three times and then disqualified in the fourth round for low blows. Post-fight records, including and hospital reports, showed that during the rematch, Martinez sustained an injury to his left bicep. An August 4, 2004 MRI showed a completely torn left bicep and he was informed on August 9th that surgery would be necessary. However, Martinez kept the injury as quiet as possible, returned to his duties as a porter and, on August 18th, claimed to his boss that he injured his left arm while moving garbage bags. Martinez went to a different hospital and, on August 20th, underwent surgery to repair his torn left bicep. Martinez then sued for workmen's compensation benefits, claiming his injury was suffered on the job. It was soon determined that Martinez had a 30% loss of use of his left arm. He never boxed again. In workmens compensation proceedings, Martinez (who finished up with a record of 21-3-1) was accused of filing a false claim for failing to disclose the boxing injury. Last week, more than 8 years after his last bout, a New York appellate court ruled that because there was some evidence of an on-the-job injury, Martinez remains entitled to continuing medical benefits, but was disqualified from collecting any damages for the partial loss of use of his left arm. The reason for the disqualification was failure to tell the workmens compensation doctors about the boxing injury. So Martinez' lawsuit, like his boxing career, ends with a DQ.