Telling the court, "I did wrong," former Beltway Boxer Keely Thompson pleaded guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud in US District Court on Wednesday.
The former IBC Lightweight champ was the former executive director of Keely's District Boxing and Youth Center but diverted thousands of dollars in government and private grants meant for the center for personal use including concerts, speeding tickets and cruise ship gambling. Thompson faces up to 33 months in prison.
The 47-year-old Thompson's guilty plea was part of an agreement that drops similar charges against Thompson's wife, Bianca, who was the deputy director of the center. The Washington Post is reporting that Thompson has also agreed to provide "substantial" cooperation to the government in a separate investigation that was not detailed in court.
Thompson fought from 1983-1998 and had a record of 17-9-2, 12 KO's. Thompson won the IBC title with a 12-round split decision over Kent Hardee on September 8, 1990 in DC. Thompson also fought locals Sharmba Mitchell, Willie Taylor, Chuck Sturm and Donnie Parker during his career.