Former Boxing Champ Busted Trying To Join ISIS17-ANthonySMall-PA
In the most bizarre story you’ll hear today, Anthony Small, former British light middleweight champ has been arrested trying to join ISIS.
Small converted to Islam in 2004 and retired from boxing because he claimed it interfered with his faith.
He was caught trying to enter Syria on forged documents this week.
Anthony Small, a former British light middleweight boxing champion, is currently being charged with attempting to join the Islamic State. Small apparently had planned to travel to Syria to fight with ISIS, according to BBC.
With two other men, Michael Coe and Simon Keeler, Small reportedly tried to enter Syria with forged documents. He had accumulated enough money to make this trip by selling his boxing memorabilia, including his boxing gloves and boots.
The charges Small and the two other men face were detailed by Richard Whittam to BBC. “The prosecution’s case is they intended to travel to Syria to join and support what is called Islamic State of Iraq, known as ISIS or ISIL.”
According to Vice Sports, Small fully converted to Islam in 2004 and even changed his name to Abdul Haqq. In 2010, Small participated in a march with “Muslims Against Crusades” in protest of British aid to the war in Afghanistan.