By Miguel Rivera
The attorneys for promoter Felix 'Tutico' Zabala of All Star Boxing have filed a motion to garnish the wages of two-division world champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
Last June in a Miami court room, Canelo was cracked with a jury verdict which directed him to pay $8.5 million to former promoter Zabala.
For several years, there was an ongoing lawsuit between Zabala and Golden Boy Promotions/Canelo.
Zabala claimed that Canelo signed a four year promotional contract in 2008, but then violated that contract when he signed a promotional agreement with Golden Boy in 2011. The jury exonerated Golden Boy, but ordered Canelo to pay $8.5 million to Zabala - ruling that the Florida based promoter introduced Canelo to Golden Boy and helped jump start his career in the United States.
Of course Canelo vowed to appeal the jury's verdict and he filed two motions. One motion was to dismiss the verdict and other was for the court to order a new trial.
Both of those motions were denied a few weeks ago.
Zabala is now moving to claim his money from Canelo's upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., which takes place on May 6th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR WRIT OF GARNISHMENT AFTER JUDGMENT
Plaintiff, ALL STAR BOXING, INC., by and through undersigned counsel and pursuant to Fla. Stat. §77.03, hereby moves this Court for the issuance of four (4) Writs of Garnishment after Judgment, and in support thereof, states as follows:
1. On March 24, 2017, the Court entered a Final Judgment in favor of Plaintiff ALL STAR BOXING, INC. and against Defendant SAUL ALVAREZ. Pursuant to the Final Judgment, the Court awarded Plaintiff ALL STAR BOXING, INC. damages in the amount of Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($8,500,000.00) from Defendant SAUL ALVAREZ, with interest accruing at the rate of 4.75% per annum. A copy of the Final Judgment is attached hereto as “Exhibit A.”
2. Defendant SAUL ALVAREZ has failed to pay the amount of the Judgment as set forth in the Order and it does not appear that Defendant has in his possession sufficient visible property on which a levy can be made to satisfy a judgment.
3. Plaintiff, ALL STAR BOXING, INC. has reason to believe that the Garnishees, Golden Boy Promotions, LLC, MGM Grand Hotel, LLC, T-Mobile Arena, and Home Box Office Inc., have in their possession or control goods or money belonging to Defendant SAUL ALVAREZ.
4. Accordingly, Plaintiff, ALL STAR BOXING, INC. requests that this Honorable Court enter an Order granting the Motion for Writ of Garnishment after Judgment and direct the Clerk of Court to issue the four (4) Writs of Garnishment attached hereto as “Exhibit B.”
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff, ALL STAR BOXING, INC., respectfully requests that this Honorable Court enter an order: (i) granting the Motion for Writ of Garnishment and requiring the Garnishees, Golden Boy Promotions, LLC, MGM Grand Hotel, LLC, T-Mobile Arena, and Home Box Office Inc., to file an answer to the Writ of Garnishment; and (ii) granting such other and further relief as this Honorable Court deems just and proper.