by David P. Greisman
The man accused in a brutal incident that left welterweight Nick Casal hospitalized with hundreds of stitches and numerous staples will be going to prison.
Michael P. Vicki, 31, pleaded guilty earlier this week to one count of attempted first-degree assault, according to The Buffalo (N.Y.) News.
Last year, Vicki had pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree assault. This lesser charge could still land him a maximum of five years in prison, according to the article. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 5.
In written testimony provided to the court last year, Vicki said the two men engaged in an altercation about 5:30 a.m. on May 12 after Casal paid a visit to his Portland Street home, the Niagara Gazette reported at the time.
Vicki contended that it was Casal who was the aggressor and he had no choice but to defend himself. According to his testimony, Vicki called the police following the incident and voluntarily sought medical treatment at a local hospital for his own injuries, the Gazette article said.
Casals father said that his son was attacked after going to meet his ex-girlfriend at the home of the womans ex-boyfriend, according to the Associated Press. Casals father said his son was attacked while walking away with her, struck numerous times with what some reports have speculated was a golf club, others a crowbar.
Prior to the attack, Casal was to have fought Ruslan Provodnikov this past June. Instead, his last appearance was a third-round technical knockout win on the non-televised undercard of the first fight between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson. That victory brought his record to 22-4-1 with 17 knockouts and 1 no contest.
Casal, 27, said late last year that he is back in training and plans to return to the ring. No fight is listed for him yet on BoxRec.com.
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