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Accused bat wielders getting off too easy, ex-champ says

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EASTON, Pa. — Former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes says he's furious about what he considers lenient charges against two men accused of a racist assault of his son and two others.

"They're lucky I didn't find them because I'd probably be in jail," Holmes said Monday. "Nobody should be able to hit somebody with a baseball bat and get away only being charged with simple assault."

Larry Holmes Jr. and friends Jason Black and Sean Burgio were assaulted with a baseball bat in Nazareth on Saturday. Black and Burgio were both hospitalized; Black has suffered a hearing loss.

Nickoles Lambert, 18, was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment. Charles Kaufmann, 52, was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.