An Atlantic City boxer who had his eighth win — and seventh knockout — earlier this month is now wanted in a carjacking.
Qa’id Muhammad, 23, who was an alternate on the U.S. Olympic boxing team in 2008, is accused of attacking the victim Sunday morning, striking him several times in the head and torso, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said. Muhammad also allegedly removed the victim — whose name has not been released — from the vehicle and drove off as the car owner clung to the door.
The victim was treated for a closed head injury as well as numerous lacerations and abrasions, according to a flier circulated among law enforcement personnel.
But Muhammad’s father and trainer, Abdur Rahim Muhammad, says the accusations are false and that someone wrongly gave his son’s name.
He said he has been in contact with detectives in the case, but his son is waiting to find the real suspect before turning himself in.
“He’s trying to clear his name before he shows up,” the father said. “He does not want to be locked up on bail. First, he’s trying to help police locate the gentleman who did do it.”
A warrant remains out for Qa’id Muhammad’s arrest on charges of first-degree carjacking and simple assault.
Muhammad, who graduated Atlantic City High School in 2008, works security at Resorts Casino Hotel. He has been boxing since he was a youth at the Atlantic City Police Athletic League. At 13, he won the Philadelphia Golden Gloves Junior Olympic Division 100-pound championship, according to a Press of Atlantic City story at the time.
On Nov. 3, the bantamweight scored a fifth-round knockout over St. Louis’ Jamal Parram at Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Miss.
He made his professional debut March 7, 2008, with a fourth-round knockout over Mario Gaxiola in Connecticut. His next four bouts were in Atlantic City, where he had four more knockouts, The Press reported.
Muhammad returned to the ring in Atlantic City in 2011, after two years off because he couldn’t find opponents his size.
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