Ex-boxer gets probation for fatal shooting after bus dispute

October 19, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) A former professional boxer who once fought heavyweight Mike Tyson has received probation after a fatal shooting that happened when bus passengers in Cleveland challenged him to a fistfight and then followed him off the bus.

Sixty-three-year-old Abdul Rahman was sentenced Wednesday in Cleveland after pleading guilty last month to having a weapon as a convicted felon.

Authorities say Rahman shot 39-year-old bus passenger Andrew Easley in July after a dispute on a Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority bus.

A video obtained by WJW-TV shows the initial dispute and Rahman pulling out a gun and then being forced off the bus. Authorities say some passengers, including Easley, pursued Rahman, and Rahman shot him.

Rahman lost in a technical knockout to Tyson in 1985 while fighting under the name Ricardo Spain.