By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
Chicago, IL (March 22, 2014)– Former light middleweight boxer Michael Tingling, 59 was killed on Wednesday, March 19, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois, in a hate crime. Tingling, who had a pacemaker, had picked his daughter up her school. Chicago Math and Science Academy, for a doctor’s appointment. His daughter was attacked on the street by Joseph Firek, who brushed up against his daughter, made obscene gestures and hurled racial epithets, and punched Mr. Tingling in the chest while he protected his daughter, killing him. Tingling’s daughter called 911. Firek was arrested and charged with murder and hate crimes, and is being held on $250,000 bail.
Tingling was originally from the country of Belize. He resided with his family in the Rogers Park section of Chicago. According to BoxRec, Tingling’s last ring appearance was on October 26, 1980, in Belize City, Belize, when he scored a fourth round knockout of Mexican middleweight Norman Orosco.