Echols shot in leg outside Iowa store, later arrested on drug charges

7/30/2007 - Boxing

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Boxer Antwun Echols, a former super
middleweight contender who twice lost to Bernard Hopkins, was shot
in the leg while trying to break up a fight in the parking lot of a
grocery store and was later arrested on drug charges.

Police said Echols sustained a minor wound Sunday night and was
taken to a hospital. The suspect, James Lee Grant, fled in a sport
utility vehicle but was arrested Monday afternoon.

Police were called to the store, where they found Echols and
Stevie Hodges, both of Davenport. Hodges had been knocked to the
ground and kicked, police said.

Hodges had been confronted by another man and a fight followed,
police said. Echols intervened and pushed the suspect away from
Hodges. The suspect then allegedly shot Echols once in the leg with
a handgun, police said.

The 35-year-old Echols was taken to Genesis Medical Center for
treatment. A call to the hospital Monday was not immediately
returned. Hodges, 34, refused treatment, police said.

Both men were later arrested.

Echols was charged with possession of crack cocaine and
outstanding warrants for child support issues, police said.

He was being held Monday in the Scott County jail without bond.

Hodges was charged with possession of crack cocaine and
disorderly conduct. He was released after posting a $2,275 bond,
jail officials said.

Grant is being charged with willful injury, going armed with
intent and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Echols fought Hopkins twice for the IBF middleweight title, with
Hopkins winning by unanimous decision in 1999 and by technical
knockout a year later. In 2003, Echols lost a unanimous decision to
Anthony Mundine for the vacant WBA super middleweight title.

Echols has a record of 31-7-3, with 27 knockouts. He last won
Dec. 12, 2004, and his most recent fight was a loss to Fulgencio
Zuniga on June 23.