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Toledo boxer Robert Easter Jr. shot three times in robbery, father says

Easter is undergoing surgery in a Cincinnati hospital, but is expected to survive.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo boxer Robert Easter Jr. is undergoing surgery at a Cincinnati hospital after he was robbed and shot multiple times Sunday night.

His father, Robert Easter Sr., confirmed the news to WTOL 11 Monday morning. He said the former IBF lightweight champion was shot three times after he was confronted about 6:30 p.m. by a group of men who demanded money.

Cincinnati police said the incident happened in the 1100 block of Sycamore Street. Easter Jr. told investigators an unknown suspect approached him behind and said "Give me those," referring to pieces of jewelry. Easter ran and was shot multiple times.

The suspect took two gold chains, three diamond rings and Easter's cell phone.

Easter is in surgery to remove bullet fragments, but is expected to survive. WTOL 11 has requested a police report from Cincinnati police.

Easter, 31, graduated from Bowsher High School. He was named an alternate on the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team.

He won the IBF lightweight championship in 2016 and held it until 2018.  

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