David Gonzales of Houston, the World Boxing Council's sixth-ranked lightweight, was in stable condition Sunday after being shot in the back outside a lounge, authorities said.
Gonzales, whose record is 23-1-1, was to fight Darryl Tyson of Ft. Worth June 11 for the North American Boxing Federation Championship. Tyson is ranked fourth in the world by the WBC.
Police said Gonzales and an unidentified man fled after a companion, Miguel Angel Martinez, 25, was shot and killed outside the lounge about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Gonzales was shot in the back and the other man was shot at, but not injured, officials said.
The three apparently had walked to the parking lot in back of the club, where two men confronted them, police said. One placed a small handgun on Martinez's chest and fired. Then the two left in a small white Ford.
Police said a game of pool a week ago between some of the men at the lounge triggered the dispute. Police said Martinez was not involved in the game.