James Page (boxer)
Pro boxing career
Nicknamed "Mighty Quinn", Page turned pro in 1990 and beat Andrei Pestriaev in 1998 to capture the Vacant WBA Welterweight Title. He defended the title three times until he was stripped, in 2000, for failing to turn up for a mandatory title defense in Las Vegas. Page fought for the Vacant WBA Welterweight Title yet again, against Andrew Lewis in 2001. Page lost via TKO in the 7th round. He retired after the bout.
Troubles outside the ring
Page was arrested in December 2001, 45 minutes after he robbed a Bank of America Branch in Atlanta. Police said they saw his 1999 Cadillac, which he bought with his championship earnings, parked outside a bar four miles from the bank. They found almost $6,000 in his pocket.
Earlier that day, Page had attempted to rob another bank, according to court records, which said he also robbed an Alpharetta bank a week earlier. Page had previous convictions for robbery and drug offenses. He was sentenced to 11 years in Federal prison.
Failed boxing comeback attempt in 2012 after release
Throughout his incarceration, Page claimed he maintained a daily boxing workout regimen, including daily exercising and a five mile running program in preparation for his release date. After being released from Federal prison in 2012, Page's return to society-and the professional ring after an 11 year hiatus-were both failures.
After getting relicensed by the California State Boxing Commission, Page was knocked out in the second round of a failed comeback attempt in November 2012 by journeyman Rahman Mustafa Yusubov. Not only did Yusubov have a losing record, his victory over Page was his only win in his last 11 pro bouts, and Yusubov's only win over a fighter with a winning record in seven years. Clearly, Page, at age 42, was not as prepared to return to the ring as he led others to believe, and had nothing left.
On June 10, 2013, Page, whose stint in prison had not reformed him, was arrested in West Oakland, California, as a result of the “button-down bandit” serial bank robber investigation. The "button-down bandit" was charged in connection with six bank robberies in the East San Francisco Bay Area between March and June 2013. In each robbery, the robber wore various button-down, collared, long-sleeved shirts, leading investigators to dub the suspect the “button-down bandit.” Surveillance photographs were disseminated to law enforcement agencies and the public during the investigation and led a police officer in Oakley to identify Page. The officer had previous law enforcement contact with Page during his patrols, according to the FBI. Page was arrested in connection with the robbing of two Chase Banks, three Wells Fargo Banks, two U.S. banks, and a Bank of America across the East Bay. According to Claycord.com, Page was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility (MDF). With his new arrest, and the overwhelming evidence against him which will lead to another lengthy prison term, Page's boxing career is likely over.
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|WBA Welterweight Champion
10 October 1998–2000