One of the brothers connected to the alleged staged hate crime involving “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett won the city’s preeminent amateur boxing tournament Friday night in the near western suburbs.
Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo won by technical knockout in the first round in the annual Chicago Golden Gloves boxing competition held at Cicero Stadium.
Osundairo won the senior novice division at the 178-pound limit. The tournament is subdivided by fighter weights, ages and experience levels — Osundairo fought in the division for fighters age 21 to 35 with less fight experience.
He defeated his semifinal opponent by unanimous decision in March.
Prosecutors had said Smollett paid $3,500 to Osundairo and his older brother, Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, to help him fake a racist and homophobic attack on himself.
Smollett was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly making false reports to police, but those charges were dropped unexpectedly in late March by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
Now, the Chicago Police Department is suing Smollett in civil court for wasting police resources on the alleged hoax, and Foxx has asked the inspector general to review her office’s handling of Smollett’s case.