Originally created 01/04/06

Boxer Hearns accused of assaulting his son



SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Former boxing champion Thomas Hearns has been accused of striking his son during an argument and faces misdemeanor assault and battery charges.

Police were called to Hearns' home in this Detroit suburb about 7 p.m. Sunday. Detective John Harris said Hearns, 47, was arguing with his 13-year-old son when it became physical.

Reached Tuesday at his home, Hearns declined comment to The Associated Press.

The boy sustained minor injuries, The Oakland Press of Pontiac reported. The newspaper did not say why Hearns and his son argued.

Hearns was arraigned Monday and released on $10,000 personal bond. Magistrate Eugene Friedman ordered him not to have any contact with his son. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Friday.

Hearns held WBA, WBC, WBU and IBO titles ranging from the welterweight to cruiserweight divisions between 1980 and 1999, and had memorable fights with Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.

Hearns began a comeback in July with an eight-round victory over lightly regarded John Long. After the match, Hearns said he was planning to fight for a long time.

His record is 60-1-5 with 47 knockouts.