Former GLORY fighter Tyrone Spong is facing misdemeanor charges in Florida after his pet cougar escaped and hopped a fence into a nearby backyard, according to a report in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
The incident occurred on New Year’s Day of this year in Parkland, Florida, where the former kickboxer resides. Neighbors reported the animal, and the big cat was sedated by wildlife agents and is now “being housed in a licensed facility.”
After the cougar was reported, wildlife officials began an investigation that led them to Spong, who resides next door to where the animal was discovered.
Spong has been charged with a total of 20 misdemeanors according to the article, including “keeping the animal without a permit, allowing it to escape, keeping it in too small a cage, failing to provide it with toys or other stimulation, not providing shelter. Investigators also found caged macaw and cockatiel birds that lacked water or clean water, for which he was also charged.”
The paper reports “each of the charges carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.”
Spong was a champion in the now-defunct It’s Showtime promotion, which was acquired by GLORY. He competed under the GLORY banner in 2013-2014, and won six of 7 bouts with the promotion.
Spong left kickboxing and is currently an active professional heavyweight boxer. He’s unbeaten in 13 pro fights with 12 KOs, and won the vacant “World Boxing Organisation Latino Heavyweight Title” last year.