It’s not just the heavyweight boxers that get all the accolades and turn to a life of crime after retirement. Take Nunn, the IBF middleweight champion from 1988 to 1991, and the WBA super-middleweight champ from 1992 to 1994. He retired in 2002 with a record of 58-4, including 37 knockouts.
He quickly found something to do with himself, not that he should have. In August of that year, Nunn met up with a man he thought was a drug dealer at a hotel in Davenport, Iowa. Nunn gave the man $200 for a kilo of cocaine, which was a real steal, because that much coke had an estimated street value of about $24,000. Turns out that wasn’t the most generous dealer of all time, but rather an undercover federal agent. You know what they say about things seeming too good to be true.
Nunn was arrested and plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. His sentence: 24 years in federal prison, which means a release date of somewhere around 2028. Even though it was just one count, the judge delivered such a big sentence after witness testimony revealed that Nunn had probably been dealing drugs for almost a decade. Choose your after-work hobbies wisely, kids.