Newly crowned middleweight world titleholder Demetrius Andrade was arrested early Thursday and charged with carrying an unlicensed gun in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island.
Andrade told police officers that he carried the Glock 19 pistol because of his fame and wealth, according to The Providence Journal. However, the newspaper also reported that police said Andrade did not have a permit to carry weapon, which was discovered when two officers found Andrade stopped in his Mercedes, blocking traffic while talking to a friend in another car at approximately 2:30 a.m.
An Andrade spokesman told ESPN that the fighter, who lives in New Hampshire, has a license to carry the gun in that state and was visiting his hometown and forgot he had the weapon in his backpack.
"There's no excuse for carrying a gun without a permit," Providence Police detective Maj. David Lapatin told the newspaper. "Whether you claim you're transporting large amounts of money, or your life is in danger, you can make your case to get a permit (to carry a concealed weapon). But you cannot obtain a gun and carry it in the city of Providence without one."
Andrade was charged with one felony count of possession of a firearm without a license and released on bail.
Andrade (26-0, 16 KOs), 30, a former two-time junior middleweight world titlist, won a vacant middleweight world title when he dominated Walter Kautondokwa in a one-sided unanimous decision on Oct. 20 at TD Garden in Boston.
Andrade, a southpaw, injured his left shoulder in the fight and is considering whether to have surgery or to return for a title defense on a card promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing is putting together for Jan. 18 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York as part of his deal with streaming service DAZN. Heavyweight contender Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs), who is from New York, is also being lined up to fight on that card.