Former middleweight boxing champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler has been charged with abusing his wife, who asked for court protection from her husband and custody of their children, according to a report in yesterday's Boston Globe.

Bertha Hagler appeared in Hingham District Court on Friday, but the hearing on charges she filed against her husband was continued until today. Hanover Police Chief Paul Lingley said his department has "papers to serve on Marvin, but we have not been able to find him."

According to court documents, Bertha Hagler contends her husband abused her at their Hanover home Friday. Hagler has been in seclusion since losing his middleweight title to Sugar Ray Leonard on a split decision April 6 . . .

U.S. Golden Gloves champion Mylon Watkins was in stable condition after being shot in the chest during an argument on a downtown street in Tacoma, Wash.

Details of the shooting remained sketchy, but police said witnesses indicated Watkins, 21, was struck by a man with a long-barreled handgun during an argument early Monday morning. The gun then apparently discharged . . .

In Houston, Sherman Griffin, the new U.S. Boxing Association cruiserweight champion, was recovering from gunshot wounds he received while allegedly trying to rob a couple at a motel, authorities said.

Griffin, 24, was shot four times by a clerk at the Regency Inn early Saturday after he allegedly beat open the door of a couple's room.

Griffin, who had won the USBA cruiserweight title four days before the incident, was in fair condition at a Houston hospital. His trainer, Henry Harris, said Griffin told him he was trying to stop an argument between the couple when the shooting occurred . . .

Pernell (Sweetpea) Whitaker and Miguel (El Zorro) Santana will fight for the USBA lightweight title July 25 at The Scope in Norfolk. The scheduled 12-round bout will be televised by ABC . . .

Rollin Williams upset No. 1-ranked welterweight Tommy Ayers in a 12-round bout unanimous decision at Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Ayers (34-2) was scheduled to fight World Boxing Association welterweight champ Mark Breland this summer, but those plans were dashed.