Lansing boxer returns after self-inflicted hiatus

Boxer Tommy Washington Jr. works on the heavy bag in his father's garage boxing gym in Lansing Friday 9/18/2015. Washington, 29, is resuming his boxing career after spending time in prison for various offenses.(Photo: Rod Sanford/Lansing State Journal)Buy Photo

LANSING Police officers kicked in Tommy Washington Jr.s door in the late hours of a summer day in 2010.

Washington had spent a quiet evening hanging out with his girlfriend, who was pregnant with their son. He was 23, a professional boxer hoping for a fresh start.

He was also, at the time, a drug dealer, and he says now that he somehow knew his time had come.

It was like a movie, said Washington, who was c