The Osundairo brothers told police that Smollett paid them to help stage his attack in January.
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For the Osundairos, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind. After entering the legal arena, one of the brothers tonight entered the ring.
Abel Osundairo arrived at the game in a tunic emblazoned with the American flag and dropped his opponent in the first round.
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The public knows that the Osundairo brothers are fit, and in the past had done a personal training for Smollett, but Abel is also apparently a good boxer. He advanced to the semifinals of the Golden Gloves amateur tournament in Chicago.
"He has the right hand that puts most guys down," said Sam Colonna, a board member of Chicago Golden Gloves. "He moves, like an Ali type, a kind of jab and moves very well."
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The Osundairos were captured in surveillance video for the purchase of materials that the police said were used in the alleged attack on Smollett.
Smollett faces 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report. He claims to have been the victim of a vicious hate crime in the Streeterville neighborhood in January, but police say it was a joke and that Smollett hired the Osundairo brothers to carry out the fake attack. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
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He had nothing to say about the Smollett case before the game and barely talked about boxing.
Abel said he felt good for the fight of the night, and Ola said his brother, as a boxer, is "fantastic, it's wonderful." Ola was not at the game for the box, but instead just to support his brother.
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Police say that Smollett's facial wounds were not from the brothers but were presumably self-inflicted. But there was no sign that Abel was punching Thursday night. He won by unanimous decision.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you," he said after the fight. "Thank you for coming."
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With that decisive victory, Osundairo advances to the finals of the tournament, which means he will come back here to fight next month.
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