JACKSON, Tenn. - Police in West Tennessee said robbery was a possible motive in the death of a former Golden Gloves champion found dead in his home.
Jackson Police found 52-year-old Donald Bowers dead Tuesday night. Authorities didn't release the cause of his death.
Police are investigating Bowers' death as a homicide. Bowers' body was sent to the Medical Examiner's office in Nashville to determine the cause of death.
Bowers won a national Golden Gloves championship in 1978 and the AAU national championship in 1980 in the 156-pound class, according to the sports hall of fame. He became a professional boxer in 1981. By 1984, he was ranked as the ninth best middleweight boxer in the world.
Bowers also had a long local criminal history with most arrests on charges of drugs, assaults, DUIs and weapons violations.
Police said they do not have any suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477 (TIPS).
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)