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Trainer Tony Morgan's arrest on Tuesday for allegedly trying to sell methamphetamine to undercover police in Polk County, Florida, brought into question whether his legal problems would have any impact on middleweight Willie Monroe Jr., whom Morgan is training for his shot at world titleholder Gennady Golovkin on May 16 (HBO) at the forum in Inglewood, California.
The answer is no, according to Banner Promotions boss Artie Pelullo, Monroe's promoter.
"I spoke to Willie [on Wednesday] night and he said all is fine with training," Pelullo said. "He's in Florida in camp and he said it is his understanding that whatever is going on with Tony's legal situation it won't interfere with him training Willie for the fight. I called him [Wednesday night] to make sure because this is a big fight."
Morgan, 43, was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine over 28 grams, maintaining a vehicle for drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the Tampa Tribune, detectives arranged to meet Morgan at a public parking lot to buy 10 ounces of meth (worth $10,000), but he arrived with only four ounces -- packaged in a plastic bag and inside a disposable cup with a lid. He was then arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail.
Monroe (19-1, 6 KOs) landed the unexpected title shot with Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) thanks to his strong run to the 2014 Boxcino tournament title followed by a lopsided 10-round decision win against Bryan Vera in January -- a stretch of four consecutive wins on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights."
Besides Monroe, Morgan is best known for training former two-time welterweight titleholder Andre Berto for most of his career before Berto dropped him in favor of training with Virgil Hunter in 2013.
Trainer Tony Morgan's arrest on Tuesday for allegedly trying to sell methamphetamine to undercover police in Polk County, Florida, brought into question whether his legal problems would have any impact on middleweight Willie Monroe Jr.