Former champ Donald Bowers dead in Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Police in West Tennessee say robbery was a possible motive in the death of a former Golden Gloves champion found dead in his home.

Jackson Police found 52-year-old Donald Bowers dead Tuesday night. Authorities didn't release the cause of his death.

The Jackson Sun reported police are investigating Bowers' death as a homicide. An autopsy was being done in Nashville.

Bowers won a national Golden Gloves championship in 1978 and the AAU national championship in 1980 in the 156-pound class, according to the sports hall of fame. He became a professional boxer in 1981. By 1984, he was ranked as the ninth best middleweight boxer in the world.

Bowers also had a long local criminal history with most arrests on charges of drugs, assaults, DUIs and weapons violations.

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