Boxer Jermall Charlo was arrested Friday on an assault charge stemming from an alleged September 2021 altercation.
TMZ Sports reported Charlo is in custody after he was booked on a felony charge of assaulting a family/household member with a previous conviction. He is accused of "punching or grabbing" a man who was described as a member of his "family or household."
The man was injured.
"A relative went to police and said Jermall struck him up back in September 2021 in Fort Bend," Charlo's attorney Kent Schaffer told TMZ on Saturday. "Despite the fact that plenty of witnesses were present, no investigation was done. This is an attempt to shake Jermall down for money and it's not going to happen. If these charges are not dismissed Jermall will be acquitted."
As TMZ noted, Charlo was also arrested in August 2021 for allegedly stealing from a waitress, although that case was dismissed because of "insufficient evidence."
This comes amid speculation that Charlo could be the next opponent for Canelo Alvarez.
Mike Coppinger of ESPN reported Jan. 26 that Alvarez has received two offers for his next fight, with one for a potential May 7 matchup with Charlo. The other would be a two-fight offer for Alvarez to face light heavyweight titleholder Dmitry Bivol on May 7 before another showdown with Gennady Golovkin on Sept. 17.
If Alvarez fights Charlo, he would be defending his undisputed super middleweight championship.