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Former Boxing Champion James Page Arrested for Allegedly Robbing 8 Banks

13 Mar 1999:  James Page beats Sam Garr at Madison Square Gardens in New York. \ Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2013

Just one year after completing an 11-year prison sentence, former WBA welterweight champion James Page has been accused of robbing eight banks, according to Ryan Maquinana of BoxingScene.com.

Page, who is suspected of robbing eight banks over the past three months in the San Francisco Bay Area, was arrested on Monday, according to Maquinana. The 42-year-old was booked on one count of robbery and is being held on $395,000 bail.

This isn't Page's first issue with bank robberies, as he was found guilty of robbing a Bank of America in Atlanta back in 2001, which led to his decade-plus spent behind bars.

Page won the WBA welterweight championship vacated by Ike Quartey in 1998 when he knocked out Russia's Andrey Pestryaev. Page, who went by the nickname "Mighty Quinn," successfully defended the belt three times before being stripped and ultimately losing to Andrew Lewis in his bid to regain the title.

Page's first arrest and subsequent prison term for robbery came not long after his loss to Lewis. He attempted to make a boxing comeback in late 2012, but lost to Azerbaijan's Rahman Yusubov and has allegedly returned to a life of crime.

It remains to be seen how things will play out for Page moving forward, but his past criminal record certainly won't do him any favors.

Stories of successful boxers squandering their careers are nothing new, but Page sadly appears to have taken things to a new level.

 

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