WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo was arrested Wednesday on felony robbery charges following an alleged dispute with a waitress over a bar tab.
According to Texas court records, Charlo was booked on Wednesday on three counts of second-degree robbery stemming from an incident in July. Charlo posted bond for all three charges and was released.
According to the records, Charlo and others were at a bar in San Antonio the night before Charlo’s brother, Jermell, fought Brian Castano for the undisputed junior middleweight title. According to the police affidavit, Charlo did not pay a “large bar bill” after his credit card was declined three times.
Bar employees told police that Charlo accused a waitress of losing his credit card and demanded she pay the bill instead. The affidavit states that surveillance video shows Charlo going through two of the waitress’ bill collection binders, which contained his identification and another customer’s cash payment. When the binders were returned, police said, they were empty.
While the surveillance video had no audio, the affidavit states that Charlo yelled that he would “f— you all’s s— up.” The Texas penal code states that a robbery charge is escalated to a second-degree felony if it involves a threat or “places another in fear of imminent bodily injury or death.” The crime is punishable between two and 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs), 31, is ESPN’s top-ranked middleweight. He is coming off a successful title defense over Juan Macias Montiel in June.
A spokesperson for Premier Boxing Champions, which manages Charlo, declined to comment.