Boxing: Unbeaten champion Terence Crawford gets jail for incident in car repair shop

Super-lightweight world champion Terence Crawford, five days removed from his latest title defence, was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday (Dec 15) over a disturbance at a Nebraska car repair shop.
Super-lightweight world champion Terence Crawford, five days removed from his latest title defence, was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday (Dec 15) over a disturbance at a Nebraska car repair shop.PHOTO: TERENCE CRAWFORD/ INSTAGRAM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Unbeaten super-lightweight world champion Terence Crawford, five days removed from his latest title defence, was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday over a disturbance at a Nebraska car repair shop.

Judge Marcena Hendrix, telling Crawford that he was not above the law, also ordered the 29-year-old champion to serve two years' probation and 120 hours of community service. He must undergo random drug and alcohol tests and pay the owner of the body shop US$6,000 (S$8,600) in restitution.

Crawford is expected to serve about 53 days of his jail sentence, based on sentencing guidelines.

"You've continued to act as if you are above the law, and you are not," Hendrix told Crawford, according to the newspaper Omaha World-Herald.

Crawford was in court for the sentencing just five days after his technical knockout of John Molina in Omaha. The victory took his record to 30-0 with 21 wins inside the distance.

Crawford had been convicted on two of three misdemeanour charges of property damage and disorderly conduct in an incident at the Omaha body shop in April, which had completed a US$2,500 paint job and other work on a 1984 Chevrolet.

But he complained that the work was poor and refused to pay the balance owed on the work.

On April 14, he and some friends visited the shop and said they were taking the car, doing an estimated US$3,300 worth of damage to a hydraulic lift.