Man arrested for Trevor Berbick killing

KINGSTON, Jamaica, October 30, 2006 – A 20-year-old man arrested by Jamaica police Saturday is set to be interrogated today in the murder of former heavyweight boxer, Jamaican-born Trevor Berbick.

Berbick, 52, according to police, was discovered at about 6:30 a.m. yesterday morning in Norwich Village, about 233 kilometers east of Kingston. He had a gaping gash in his head suspected to have been inflicted by a machete or a cutlass.

Police believe they have the weapon that killed Berbick but are awaiting a forensic test. No motive has been released to date for the killing but RJR News quoted Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Crime, Les Green, as saying the murder could be related to a family dispute.

Berbick earned world wide attention in 1981 after beating Muhammad Ali in the Bahamas. He went on to earn the WBC heavyweight title in 1986 with a win over over Pinklon Thomas but he was beaten by a young Mike Tyson later that same year. His final professional record was 50 wins, 33 by knockout, 11 losses and 1 draw. (