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Ex-Boxing Champ Arrested for Assaulting Man Who Allegedly Hit on Him

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Apr 23, 2014
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Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, left, hits challenger Kassim Ouma, in 2006.
Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, left, hits challenger Kassim Ouma, in 2006.  (Source:AP Photo)

Former boxing champion Kassim Ouma was arrested in Los Angeles Friday after knocking out a man who allegedly made advances towards him.

Police reportedly told TMZ that the athlete told investigators he was in Hollywood early Friday morning when he started talking to a random man he met. Ouma, a middleweight champion, said he went to the man’s home for a drink. The man, who is unnamed, then allegedly hit on the boxer.

TMZ reports that Ouma, 35, "politely declined multiple advances" but when he went to leave, the man made one last move and Ouma shoved him away. The incident escalated and the athlete allegedly punched the guy, knocking him out.

Police arrived on the scene and the man was sent to a nearby hospital.

Ouma was arrested for felony battery causing great bodily harm.

The boxer was born in Uganda and forced to join the National Resistance Army but got into boxing when he left the army. After a trip to the U.S., Ouma decided to become a professional boxer and support is family in Uganda. He married his longtime girlfriend Jalia Nandawula in 2008.

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