Exclusive: Hall Of Fame Boxer Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson Arrested For Alleged Possession Of PCP, With Intent To Distribute

Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, just inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame this year, was arrested this week and charged with possession of liquid PCP with the intent to distribute.

The arrest darkens what had been a celebratory period for Johnson, the only boxer born and raised in Washington D.C. to enter the Hall. Johnson was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department on Dec. 11 and appeared in court Dec. 12. He was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court again Jan. 16.

The acclaimed boxer, born Marcellus Joseph Johnson, previously served an 11-month jail sentence for violating his parole stemming from a previous drug charge. He told The Washington Post that it helped his boxing career: “I felt to me it was the best thing,” Johnson said of his incarceration. “It gave my body that time to heal because I had been boxing since the age of 5. So it gave my body time to heal, and I came back and won another world title.”

An incident report states that besides the alleged possession with intent to distribute, Johnson also allegedly tampered with evidence. The incident report does not give any additional information.

Johnson did not respond to answer his phone Friday or respond to a text message. His attorney, Frederick Iverson, declined to answer any questions about the arrest.

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Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (http://www.tbrb.org). He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.