FORMER IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr was shot three times by arm bandits.
The 31-year-old girl is currently undergoing surgery at the Cincinnati hospital.
The incident occurred in Boxing the star’s hometown in Toledo, Ohio.
He is said to have fired three times while fending off a group of men who approached him demanding money.
Easter Jr is expected to survive and fully recover from multiple gunshot wounds.
Robert Sr, Easter’s father and co-coach, confirmed the news to the WTOL 11 network.
Later, the boxer himself tweeted: “I am in so much pain.”
The last time he fought was a year ago when he claimed a ten-round unanimous decision victory over Ryan Martin.
Easter Jr (23-1-1, 14KOs) is training to return to the ring before summer.
No date has yet been set, however those plans will now be shelved while he recovers from surgically removing the shrapnel from his body.
His victory Martin extends his unbeaten streak up three since he lost his IBF title.
That crushing defeat came about thanks to Mikey Garcia’s unbeaten run in July 2018.
The loss ended a nearly two-year title reign, which began with a decisive win over Richard Commey in 2016.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17576304/boxing-robert-easter-jr-shot-armed-robbers/ ‘I’m in pain’ – Former lightweight world champion Robert Easter Jr shot three times by armed robbers