Former boxing world champion shot three times by men demanding money at gunpoint

Robert Easter Jr, former IBF lightweight champion, was shot dead by a gang of three thieves last Sunday night and is undergoing surgery to remove bullet fragments

Former world lightweight titleholder Robert Easter Jr was shot three times by a group of robbers.

The thieves who assaulted Easter on Sunday evening took her three diamond rings, her mobile phone and her two gold chains.

Easter is undergoing surgery to remove bullet fragments at a Cincinnati hospital, but is expected to fully recover from his injuries.

The news was confirmed by Easter’s father and co-trainer of the WTOL 11 news network in Easter’s hometown of Toledo, Ohio.

“His father, Robert Easter Sr., confirmed the news at OMCL 11 on Monday morning. He said the former IBF lightweight champion was shot three times after being confronted around 6:30 p.m. by a group of men asking for money,” the report said. read.

Easter later confirmed the report himself, tweeting, “I’m in so much pain.”







Robert Easter Jr should recover from his injuries
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Former lightweight champion Easter has not fought in the ring since last February, edging out Ryan Martin to claim his 23rd victory as a professional.

Despite not having a fight booked, Easter was training and planning an in-ring return in early 2022 before being shot by the Rogues.

But he will now have to put his fight plans on hold again, as he will need time to recover from his surgery.

After going winless in back-to-back lightweight bouts, Easter moved up to 140 pounds ahead of his recent win by beating Adrian Granados in late 2019.

The 31-year-old has been busy with problems outside the ring since his last fight, charged with misdemeanor assault last August.

Easter was accused of punching a woman and knocking her unconscious. A police officer who allegedly observed the altercation said the woman had a split lip and a chipped tooth.

Easter was sentenced to a two-year probation while also being ordered to complete and attend a court-approved anger management program.

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