Following shooting, boxer in fight of his life
BATON ROUGE- People who know and sparred with a retired boxer who was shot Monday describe him as a dedicated fighter, who is tough and doesn't mind taking a hit as long as he can give one in return.
At the North 14th Street Park boxing gym where Emanuel Burton, also known as Emanuel Augustus, boxes, people spent Tuesday talking about the crime that has the legend on the ropes. Augustus was shot in the back of the head walking down Louisiana Avenue Monday evening.
The 39-year-old was last described to be in life-threatening condition at an area hospital.
"I heard a couple gun shots, came outside, seen a man lying on the ground," said a woman who lives near where the shooting happened. Augustus was lying on the ground with his red boxing gloves and a gym bag close by.
Aristead Clayton Jr., who used to spar with Augustus at that same gym, said they spent hours learning and practicing together.
"Every time he was stepping in the ring, he was bringing his best," said Clayton. "Very tough and hard-nosed. If you hit him twice, he's going to try to hit you three, four times."
Augustus, who retired in 2011, is known for his signature boxing movies that earned him the name "The Drunken Master."
He fought all over the world but is best known for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., one of the world's most successful boxers. Mayweather often said Augustus gave him his toughest fight. He is also known for what was called the "Fight of the Year" against Micky Ward.
"You know, in order for him to get shot in the back of the head, it had to have been somebody that knew that they couldn't beat him," said Clayton.
Tuesday, police announced they were looking for a red car in connection with the shooting.