Police said they filed charges today against World Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Michael Moorer after a street brawl in which one man was injured.
Lt. Ted Zelinsky said Moorer and Lloyd Aldrich, both of nearby Monessen, were charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Moorer was also charged with aggravated assault because he is a professional boxer.
Christian Williams, 21, of Belle Vernon suffered a cut on his left eyelid that required seven stitches to close. Williams and a friend were walking in Charleroi early Saturday morning when a group including Moorer and Aldrich confronted them, Zelinsky said. Two other men, including part-time Donora Police Officer Chris Ekels, tried to defend Williams and his friend, he said. Ekels was one of several witnesses who identified Moorer, 21, 6-feet-2, 174 pounds and winner by knockouts in all 14 of his professional fights.
Moorer is scheduled to defend his World Boxing Organization championship April 22 against undefeated Fred Del Gado of Puerto Rico in Detroit.