Boxing champion Jermall Charlo arrested and charged with DWI following collision

WBC middleweight boxing champion Jermall Charlo was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors of driving while intoxicated, eluding and fleeing from police and leaving the scene of a crash that involved more than $200 in damage, police in Pearland, Texas, told NBC News on Tuesday.

Charlo was arrested Monday night at 12799 Broadway St. in Pearland, a suburb of Houston.

Officers arrived after the collision and witnessed a verbal altercation between the two parties, police spokesperson Chad Rogers said. Charlo fled in his Lamborghini and refused to pull over. Police eventually boxed him in and arrested him. His blood alcohol content was greater than 0.15%. The legal limit in Texas is .08%.

boxer (Steve Marcus / Getty Images file)
boxer (Steve Marcus / Getty Images file)

Charlo, 33, was taken to the Brazoria County Jail and released after he posted a $9,500 surety bond.

Charlo is one of the top boxers in the world. He is 33-0 coming off a unanimous decision win against José Benavidez Jr. in a catchweight fight — a fight with an agreed-upon weight limit between two divisions — in November. He has not defended his middleweight belt since he defeated Juan Macias Montiel by unanimous decision in June 2021.

Charlo had been expected to face Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez in September, but the fight fell through. His identical twin brother, WBC, WBA (Super) and IBF light middleweight champion Jermell Charno (35-2), stepped in and lost by unanimous decision.

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