A nationally ranked Oklahoma City boxer, previously accused of starting street fights, now faces complaints of assaulting four police officers.
Billy Gene Coddington Jr., 19, 3229 SW 23, was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. Monday, police records show.
Coddington was scheduled to make his professional debut in Tulsa July 11. He has an amateur record of 90-8 and was No. 5 recently in the Amateur Boxing Federation's national rankings.
In his report, Officer Stephen Smith said he and three other officers were assaulted after confronting Coddington at SW 24 and Independence Avenue about bags of cow manure that had been dumped on the front lawn of a south Oklahoma City home.
All four officers said they were hit and kicked during the fight, and a large knot was left on the side of Officer Ricky Pierce's head. Pierce later complained that his ear was ringing and his jaw was sore, Smith said.
Smith estimated the alleged fight between Coddington and the officers lasted four minutes.
"It is apparent that (Coddington) has a tendency towards violence," Smith said. "(Coddington) also has been the suspect in several assault and batteries and also the suspect in an assault with a deadly weapon charge. " Police were contacted about another fight allegedly involving Coddington in the 2700 block of S Grand Terrace on June 14.
"We were walking down the street when Coddington and his brother drove up and started yelling at us," Quinn Anthony Robles said Tuesday.
Robles, 15, alleged the boxer and his younger brother started yelling racial slurs. Robles and his two friends also told police the boxer accused them of being gang members.
In his report, Sgt. C.L. Skopak said Robles and his friends all suffered cuts, bumps and bruises during the fight.
Skopak said he talked to the boxer's family and was told Robles and his friends had started the fight by gesturing gang signs.
"I have patrolled this district for approximately two years and have not known the victims to be or suspected to be gang members," Skopak wrote in his report.
Coddington remained jailed Tuesday night on four complaints of assaulting a police officer, one complaint of destruction of public property, one complaint of public drunkenness, and one complaint of disorderly conduct. BIOG: NAME:Archive ID: 578961