Boxer Emanuel Burton, whose fighting name was Emanuel Augustus, once fought against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and was shot Monday night on Louisiana Avenue just north of Government Street, a few blocks away from a gym where he sometimes sparred.
“I just know he got shot in the back of the head,” Singleton said. “And he’s on life support right now.”
Singleton said he went to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center early Tuesday, where 20 to 30 people were gathered in support of Augustus. The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating the shooting.
The shooting occurred Monday night and the location is only a few blocks away from BREC’s North 14th Street Park, where Singleton sparred with Augustus whenever the well-known boxer was in town.
Investigators have not identified any suspects or motives in Monday night’s shooting, Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said on Tuesday. A pair of red boxing gloves could be seen sitting next to a plastic bag at the scene of the shooting on Monday night.
Augustus, 39, drew a lot of attention in the early 2000s because of boxing matches against well-known fighters in the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Micky Ward, Augustus life provided the premise for the movie “The Fighter.”
Police ask anyone with information about this shooting to contact them at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.