PENSACOLA, FLA., AUG. 11 -- The second of two fight promoters has been arrested on a fraud charge for allegedly sending an impostor into the ring with 1988 Olympic silver medalist Roy Jones Jr., authorities say.
Matchmaker Gerome Peete, 28, of Memphis, surrendered Friday in this Florida Panhandle city, Jones' hometown, said John Peaden, chief investigator for the state attorney's office. Peete was released on $10,000 bond.
Peete allegedly helped set up the Jones hoax fight although he had been permanently banned from boxing in Florida a month earlier.
The Florida Athletic Commission ordered the ban because he had supplied an unlicensed fighter and three others with falsified records for bouts earlier this year in Pensacola and Jacksonville.
Oklahoma authorities arrested the alleged impostor's manager, Elvis Belt, 56, of Oklahoma City on July 27, and he was transferred Wednesday to the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola where he remained today on $10,000 bond.
The Pensacola fight July 14 was billed as a match between Jones and Derwin Richards of Houston, the junior middleweight champion of Texas.
The Florida Athletic Commission didn't discover until two days later that the boxer Jones knocked out in 2:02 of the first round wasn't Richards. The victory ran Jones' record to 9-0, all by knockouts.
Jones and his handlers said they didn't realize his opponent was an impostor.
Anthony Waddles, 19, of Norman, Okla., subsequently admitted he was the bogus boxer. Waddles, a loser in his three professional fights, is cooperating with authorities and has not been charged. He said Belt gave him $700 of the $2,000 purse.