Roger Mayweather's availability to train his nephew, Floyd Mayweather, is in limbo after the former two-time world boxing champion was arrested Sunday in Las Vegas, accused of beating and choking a female boxer he once trained.
Roger Mayweather, 48, was released on $13,000 bail, pending his plea on an unspecified date to felony charges of coercion and battery.
The charges stem from a 911 call made Sunday morning by 25-year-old Melissa St. Vil, who was living with another boxer, Detroit native Cornelius Lock, in a rented condominium owned by Roger Mayweather.
Mayweather allegedly entered the condo without permission and ordered St. Vil to move out immediately.
St. Vil told police that she refused and an altercation ensued.
According to the police report, Mayweather was choking St. Vil when Las Vegas Metro Police Department officers arrived.
The police report also indicates St. Vil broke a lamp over Mayweather's head and the trainer had injuries to his head and face.
St. Vil was treated for injuries at a Las Vegas-area hospital and released. There was no indication whether Mayweather received treatment.
In an interview with the Web site 8countnews.com, St. Vil said "if it hadn't been for the police, I'd be dead."
"I was on the floor, spitting up blood and everything," she said.Mayweather's nephew, the former pound-for-pound king, is scheduled for a comeback fight Sept. 19 against Juan Manuel Marquez. It will be Floyd Mayweather's first fight in more than 21 months.
Roger Mayweather already missed one of Floyd Mayweather's major bouts when he was jailed for six months in 2006-07, after a battery conviction, also in Las Vegas, in an incident involving his infant son's maternal grandmother.
On that occasion, Leonard Ellerbe took over as trainer for Floyd Mayweather's 2006 welterweight title victory over Carlos Baldomir, a performance generally regarded as lackluster, although Floyd Mayweather dominated the fight.
In the middle rounds, Ellerbe, who began the fight as chief second in the corner, yielded that responsibility to cutman and hand-wrap specialist Rafael Garcia.
Roger Mayweather was still in jail during early preparations for Floyd Mayweather's 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya, and briefly was replaced as trainer by his brother, Floyd Mayweather Sr. He returned to his regular role after his release, almost two months before the bout.
Ellerbe, who is Floyd Mayweather's adviser, did not respond to a telephone call seeking comment.
Roger Mayweather held the World Boxing Association super featherweight (1983-84) and World Boxing Council super lightweight (1987-89) titles during an active career spanning 1981-99.