by David P. Greisman
Unpaid court fines that left former heavyweight titleholder Herbie Hide with a warrant for his arrest have been paid, according to BBC News.
Hide owed £1,515, or more than $2,400, after an assault conviction in June 2011. A majority of that was compensation for his victim. Yet Hide told the court he was unable to pay.
“I am a boxer. My work is fighting, and I’m trying to get a big fight… but I can’t sign on, and I’m not fighting,” he was quoted as saying in February by BBC News.
Somehow, however, the fines got paid — but not by Hide, according to the Norwich Evening News.
“I don’t know who it is. It wasn’t me,” the 41-year-old told that newspaper. “I wouldn’t pay it anyway. I could’ve paid it if I wanted to, but I didn’t want to.”
Had the fine not been paid, Hide was facing 45 days behind bars, the reports said.
Hide is 49-4 with 43 knockouts. He held a heavyweight world title twice during the ‘90s and had continued to box at or around cruiserweight over the past several years. His last bout was in April 2010.
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