Heavyweight Prospect To Get 7 Years in Jail For Armed Robbery

According to 9 News, heavyweight prospect Craig Vitale (6-0, 3 KOs) will spend at least seven years behind bars over a 2011 armed hold-up of a Melbourne bottle shop he committed with his brother.

The two brothers entered the Kingsville store pointing a double barrel shotgun at a female attendant before firing at the cash register and fleeing with money and alcohol.

The pair went unprosecuted for the robbery for five years before CCTV footage of the incident was circulated in 2016 that led to their capture.


Justice Michael Croucher said the crime was difficult to understand, considering Vitale’s stance as a boxer.

“It’s hard to comprehend why he would choose to present a gun to rob a woman half his weight and twice his age of a few measly dollars and a couple of slabs of Jim Beam,” he said.

While Vitale’s brother admitted his role in the robbery and implicated Craig, the boxer maintained his innocence – which the jury disagreed with.

The robbery was committed in 2011, and Vitale turned pro in 2013. He picked up a few knockouts that went viral and even caught the attention of Hall of Famer Mike Tyson.

For whatever reason he stopped fighting in 2014. It was in that same year that Tyson offered to mentor the then 25 year old prospect.

The boxer also caught the attention of Unites States promoter Greg Cohen, who signed him to a deal. Cohen is the co-promoter of current heavyweight prospect Jarrell Miller.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MDPopescu on 04-29-2018

... a Samoan from Australia... (who didn't fight since 2014)... c'mon...

Comment by T.M.T on 04-29-2018

Not the first idiot and won't be the last. Lmao

Comment by Eff Pandas on 04-29-2018

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18720227] [quote]But it's also funny to talk about codes of ethics when it comes to people that are performing a crime. Surely you can see that. There's no honor among thieves.[/QUOTE] I don't agree. Granted most crimes aren't of a…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 04-29-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;18720223]I'm not worried about either. I'm not robbing people for $15 with loved ones. But for those that do I'm just saying there is a code of ethics with not snitching & snitching on your brother seems effed up.…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 04-29-2018

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18720178]If you're talking about old school codes of ethics, how about worrying less about "not snitching" and worrying more about being a good person who doesn't break the law in the first place?[/QUOTE] I'm not worried about either. I'm not…

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