South African boxer Baby Lee, whose real name is Leighandre Jegels was murdered in Mdantsane, in the country’s Eastern Cape on Friday, reportedly be her boyfriend.
Officials say the suspect was known to the 25-year-old and is a serving member of the South African Police Service.
The attack happened during a car chase and Ms Jegels’s mother was also hurt, local media report.
Ms Jegels had been unbeaten during her nine previous fights and was expected to return to the ring on 2 October for a junior bantamweight clash.
The suspect was arrested on Friday after he was involved in a head on collision near Peddie, Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Sontaga Seisa confirmed, News24 reports.
Seisa said that the motive of the shooting appears to be related to a “domestic dispute between the couple”.
“It is alleged that an off duty policeman based at TRT East London fired several shots to his girlfriend who died instantly on the scene. The same policeman [allegedly] fired shots to his girlfriend’s mother and injured her. She is currently receiving medical attention in the area.”
Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni confirmed the matter has been referred to the (IPID) for further investigation.