Former World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight champion Jang Jung-gu (58, photo) was arrested by police on charges of assaulting a taxi driver.
According to the police on the 22nd, the Gangnam Police Station in Seoul booked Jang on charges of assaulting a driver under the Act on Aggravated Punishment of Specific Crimes (Special Value Act).
As a result of the investigation, Jang is suspected of assaulting a taxi driver while intoxicated near Seolleung Station in Gangnam-gu around 9:20 pm on the 20th. Jang was reported to have swung his fist in the face of the taxi driver when he got into an argument with the driver while getting out of the taxi. Police dispatched to the scene after being reported by the taxi driver and arrested Jang at the scene, and it is said that the taxi driver was not seriously injured. A police official said, “We are investigating the specific circumstances of the incident.”
Jang is regarded as a legend in the Korean boxing world. He made his professional boxing debut in 1980, winning the WBC Light Flyweight Championship in 1983 and making his 15th defense until 1988. Jang retired in 1991 and became the first Korean to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2009.
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