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Boxer shot trying to break up fight

other Updated: Jul 31, 2007 13:18 IST
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Boxer shot trying to break up fight

Boxer Antwun Echols, a former super middleweight boxing champion who twice lost to Bernard Hopkins, was shot in the leg while trying to break up a fight in the parking lot of a grocery store and was later arrested on drug charges.

Police said Echols sustained a minor wound on Monday night and was taken to a hospital. The suspect fled in a sport utility vehicle.

Police were called to the store, where they found Echols and Stevie Hodges, both of Davenport. Hodges had been knocked to the ground and kicked, police said.

Hodges had been confronted by another man and a fight followed, police said. Echols intervened and pushed the suspect away from Hodges. The suspect then shot Echols once in the leg with a handgun, police said.

The 35-year-old Echols was taken to Genesis Medical Center for treatment. A call to the hospital on Tuesday was not immediately returned.