Abdul Haqq (Anthony Small) found not guilty of terrorism charges at trial
Former British and Commonwealth super-welterweight title holder Anthony Small, now known as Abdul Haqq, has been acquitted after appearing in court to deny terror charges.
The 36-year-old, who retired from the sport in 2010, has been the subject of police investigations since being linked to Islamic State and posting his musings on YouTube.
Small pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey and was set free after being found not guilty.
Initially, Small’s videos were picked up by the MET Police’s Counter Terrorism Team, although the court didn’t think they incited violence against The West.
‘Sugar Ray Clay Jones Jr’ was previously acquitted in 2015 of trying to join the fighting in Syria and later starred in a BBC reality show called, ‘Muslims like the US.’
In 2017, Small was also in trouble with the law for sub-letting his flat whilst claiming benefits.
Many expected a custodial sentence if Small was found guilty, but the ex-puncher walked free from court.
Small was heralded as a star during the early part of his career before becoming disillusioned with the sport.