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Jermall Charlo charged with three counts of felony robbery

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One of the world’s highest ranked boxers is facing some legal troubles in Texas.

Jermall Charlo v Juan Macias Montiel
Jermall Charlo when he fought Juan Macias Montiel in June.
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According to KSAT undefeated WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, 31, turned himself into authorities in San Antonio, TX after a warrant was issued for his arrest. After turning himself in he was booked with three felony robbery charges in connection to an incident that reportedly took place on July 16.

On that date San Antonio police responded to a call at the Privat Martini Bar & Social Club at around 2 a.m. An incident report states that the cops were called after Charlo allegedly assaulted a waiter and stole her tips.

The report further states that the suspected incident began when a credit card belonging to Charlo was declined. After this, it is alleged, that Charlo accused the waiter of trying to steal his card. Charlo is accused of then grabbing books from the waiter and removing his ID from one and cash from the other.

Charlo and his entourage are accused of then pushing their way out of the premises and into a limousine bus.

Charlo’s attorney Kent A. Schaffer issued a statement to KSAT about the charges filed against his client.

I want to make clear that Jermall stole no money from anyone at the club and made no threats toward anyone. When they ran his card it was declined and he then received a fraud alert from Chase Bank asking if he had made the charge. He responded yes and they told him to have the charge submitted again. The waitress went to run it again and came back saying she could not find the card. Jermall was upset that his card was missing since it was a debit card tied to an account with a substantial amount of money. The waitress had his license sticking out of a portfolio and he took his license back saying that he didn’t want her to lose that too. By this time, many club employees were gathering in the hallway so Jermall’s handlers wanted to get him out of the club before trouble started and a club employee walked Jermall out to his car. Hours later Jermall’s assistant made contact with the club to give them another credit card number but the club refused to accept it. Over the last few weeks we have talked to the police, prosecutors and the club owner and although the club owner expressed his desire to drop the charges the officer insisted on filing charges to try to embarrass Jermall. At no time did he rob anyone or take any property other than his own.”

Charlo is 32-0 as a pro and formerly held the IBF junior middleweight title. In 2018 he beat Hugo Centeno Jr. to win the vacant WBC interim middleweight title. Since then he has retained the WBC middleweight title on four occasions. Most recently he defeated Juan Macia Monitel by unanimous decision in his hometown of Houston, TX.

Last year Charlo was investigated over a suspected assault at his mansion near Missouri City, TX.

Charlo’s twin brother Jermell Charlo is the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and The Ring light middleweight champion. He holds a record of 34-1-1. In 2019 a jury acquitted Jermell Charlo of domestic violence charges after he was accused of striking and choking a former girlfriend.