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Ex-Boxing Champ Withdraws Plea

October 20, 2000

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Former heavyweight champion Tony Tubbs has withdrawn his guilty plea to a charge of trafficking cocaine and has requested a jury trial.

Tubbs pleaded guilty Oct. 10 in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to one count of trafficking in cocaine. Judge Steve Martin was to have sentenced Tubbs on Friday.

Tubbs’ attorney, Kenneth Lawson, had proposed a deal that would have allowed Tubbs to avoid jail and go to a correctional center for drug treatment.

Tubbs ordered Lawson to withdraw the guilty plea Friday when he learned that he would be required to go to the correctional center for four to six months. Tubbs wanted a less-stringent treatment program.

Tubbs, 42, could receive up to a year in prison if convicted.

Martin sent Tubbs back to jail, setting bond at $100,000. The trial is scheduled for Nov. 9.

The Cincinnati native was the World Boxing Association heavyweight champion from April 1985 to January 1986.

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