Retired fighter Emanuel Augustus was shot in the head just a few blocks away from the Baton Rouge gym he still sparred at from time to time. He is currently in critical condition in the hospital.
The Advocate quoted Chris Singleton, a Baton Rogue boxer who sometimes trained with Augustus, as saying, "I just know he got shot in the back of the head. And he's on life support right now."
Augustus is best remembered as "The Drunken Master" in the ring for his flashy and flamboyant style, and despite a ho-hum record (38-34-6, 20 KOs), he was well known for taking difficult fights on short notice, often times against the highest caliber of opposition. Floyd Mayweather often credits Augustus (then known as Emanuel Burton) as the toughest fight he's ever had. In fact, I think that particular fight may have been the most entertaining of Floyd's career, and one of my personal favorites. Anyone who questions the entertainment value of either fighter should definitely see that one again.
Augustus was perhaps even better known for his 2001 FOTY with Micky Ward that aired on ESPN Friday Night Fights. For someone hovering at about at 50% win percentage, Augustus surely knew how to bring it tough against the best in the world. All of this is to say that Emanuel Augustus is a true fighter's fighter who has never backed down from adversity, and in that sense, I truly believe that if anyone can make it though this tragedy, it's him. Our prayers reach out to Emanuel Augustus and his family.