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Boxer Named In 4 Complaints Of Assault

Steve Lackmeyer Published: June 22, 1994

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.

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