In the early 2000’s James Butler a.k.a. The Harlem Hammer, became one of the most infamous Boxers to ever lace up his gloves.
On November 23, 2001 he fought Richard Grant at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The fight was for charity to benefit firemen and police officers that survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The 10 round fight was aired live on ESPN 2 and ended up going the distance. The judges awarded Grant a unanimous decision win.
Everything seemed to be going along at the end of the bout as things normally do. Butler had his gloves removed before the announcement of the winner. Grant approached Butler to shake hands, as is customary in most sports. Rather than Butler shaking his hand, he sucker punched Grant with his bare fist and knocked him out.
Grant was a bloody mess as he suffered dislocated jaw and required 26 stitches. Since the incident took place after the bout it was considered assault. Butler was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. After being convicted of the charge he served four months in Riker’s Island prison in New York.
Butler would not fight again for nearly two and a half years and when he returned to action he only had four more fights. He went 2-2 in those fights, but never stepped in the ring again as he was arrested for the a murder that ironically helped him live up to his nickname of the Harlem Hammer.
(Click next to read the details the murder Butler committed and to watch video of the infamous sucker punch)