Boxer, James Scott Short History and his murder trial and Indictment

In one of our black story history today, we have James Scott, a talented fighter who won many award including making it to the hall of Fame but in his late career was convicted of murder and sentenced to life at a young age.

James Scott was born on October 17, 1947, in Newark, New Jersey and when he was just yojnd, his talent in boxing was discovered when he was doing a stint at Trenton State.

But his boxing Carter officially started after he decided to change, rehabilitate and stay out of trouble. He then in prison entered boxing program and there he was an an active competitor, showing his boxing skills and also becakme the heavyweight champion of the prison system.

Yes, he was sentenced to life for murder but was granted parole in 1974 and made his career in boxing professional with many fights including the fight on 11-0-1 in the Miami Beach Auditorium. He returned to his bad ways again in later years of the 70s and was arrested for robbery and murder but while on trial the murder charge was removed but he was convicted for robbery. He did small time for it and returned in 1978, continuing  his career in boxing and wining lots of fights and many knockout victories.

To help help his career, the World Boxing Association made sure that all fights from 1978 till 1981 took place at Rahway Prison and these were aired on two big networks whole ABC declined to feature his matches.

But later, the World Boxing Association  removed him from the official rankings in 1979 with talk being that it was because his opponents were disadvantaged by having to fight in a prison.

The ending career of James Scott as a boxer was hectic when he was willing to return o the ring but unfortunately, the outcome of the Everett Russ murder trial change his history and when he was  declared guilty of the murder charge in January 1981, the court sentenced him to life in prison and the ext two months of the time featured his last two fights with one with former protege Dwight Muhammad Qawi  where he looses iin a 10 round decision and the final match with his induction into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012.

He served 27 years before he was released at the age of 58 in 2005 and right now, he health status of dementia made him living in a nursing home.

 

 

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