Floyd Mayweather and Top 8 Boxing Champs Who Served Time During Their Careers

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Floyd Mayweather and Top 8 Boxing Champs Who Served Time During Their Careers
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Floyd Mayweather, who went to jail on June 1 this year and was released just 64 days later, is not the first fighter to serve time during his boxing career and sadly won’t be the last.

Boxing has always been a sport about second chances. Sonny Liston went on to be the heavyweight champion of the world after serving his time in prison

Ron Lyle, a convicted murderer, challenged Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title in 1975, and made a great career for himself after serving time.

James Scott was even the No. 1 light heavyweight contender in the world and actively fought while imprisoned in New Jersey in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. 

To list all the fighters who have been to prison or jail throughout the years would take forever. So for the sake of this list, I narrowed it down to fighters who have won championships and served time during their careers. 

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