CINCINNATI, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The mother of former world heavyweight boxing champion Tony "TNT" Tubbs said her son is facing prison in Ohio because of crack cocaine.
Tubbs' 71-year-old mother, Leona, said despite her son's past successes in the boxing ring, his struggles with crack cocaine addiction led him to plead guilty to cocaine possession charges in Hamilton County, Ohio, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday.
"He's been the world champion. He's knocked out world champions but he can't knock out this crack cocaine," the elder Tubbs said.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Melba Marsh ordered Tubbs, 51, to face an evaluation to determine if he would be better suited for prison or a secure drug rehabilitation facility.
Tubbs, who previously served prison time for cocaine-related crimes and not making child support payments, is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 14. He is facing as much as a year in prison.
Leona Tubbs has nine children, 50 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren, yet remains determined to help her famous son.
"I've cried many tears and stayed up late at night praying," she said of her struggles with Tony Tubbs. "I came too far to leave him."