Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

All-Star/Golden Boy Lawsuit Over Canelo Gets Trial Date

By Jake Donovan

More than three years after initially filing its lawsuit against Golden Boy Promotions and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Florida-based promoter All-Star Boxing will finally have its day in court.

The aforementioned case has been approved to appear before a jury trial in Dade County, Florida. The official jury date is set for October 13, 2014, with legal representation for all parties required to participate in a pre-trial hearing on October 2, 2014, according to a court order issued on June 12 by the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Dade County.

The order was received by all parties by close of business on Monday, June 16. Both court sessions are scheduled to be held at the Dade County Courthouse.

All-Star Boxing filed a lawsuit against Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions in January ’11, alleging breach of contract and unjust enrichment against the boxer and tortious interference against the promoter.

The confirmation of a court date is just the latest piece of unfavorable news for Golden Boy Promotions. The California-based company continues to undergo a major facelift following the departure of several key players, including longtime CEO Richard Schaefer and COO Bruce Binkow.

Alvarez was first signed by All-Star Boxing in September ’08, at age 18 and already three years into his pro career. The two sides were introduced by Rafael Mendoza, Alvarez’ manager and also a promoter in Mexico at the time.

Ironically, Alvarez’ first fight under a reported four-year contract with All-Star Boxing came on a show promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, when he defeated Larry Mosley in Oct. ’08.

The bout also served as Alvarez’ stateside debut and his first appearance on U.S. television, with the bout airing live from California on Telefutura (now UniMas). Two months later, the red-headed boxer fought in Florida as part of a card televised on Telemundo, with whom Felix ‘Tuto’ Zabala, head of All-Star Boxing, has an exclusive relationship.

In all, Alvarez fought under the All-Star Boxing banner for nine fights, all coming in a span of just over 13 months. The final fight in which All-Star Boxing remained a part of Alvarez’ career came in the boxer’s 12-round points win over Lanardo Tyner in Dec. ’09.

It was that point when All-Star Boxing – which claims to have invested more than $180,000 into Alvarez’ career over the course of those nine bouts – believes Golden Boy entered the picture and “induced Alvarez to breach his agreement and enter a separate multi-year promotional contract for the promotion of Alvarez’ future fights.”

All of Alvarez’ bouts from that point onward - beginning with a 3rd round knockout of Brian Camechis in March ’10 – involved Golden Boy Promotions in some capacity or another. Alvarez fought five times on the year, including two appearances on HBO Pay-Per-View undercards and by year’s end his debut on HBO Latino.

All-Star Boxing formally filed a lawsuit in Jan. ’11, by which point Alvarez was being steered towards his first title fight, challenging Matthew Hatton for a vacant 154 lb. title. The lawsuit was filed in an attempt to block the fight and have Alvarez “return home” but the young superstar hasn’t missed a beat in his career. He went on to beat Hatton and become one of the most popular fighters from Mexico in recent history.

The lawsuit gained traction last year, although it didn’t prevent Alvarez from enjoying the most lucrative year of his career to date. His 2013 campaign included the biggest win of his career – a 12-round decision over Austin Trout in a battle of unbeaten 154 lb. titlists – and the richest prize fight in boxing history.

The latter also resulted in his first career loss, coming up short versus Floyd Mayweather in their blockbuster clash in Las Vegas. The event went on to set records at the live gate, the pay-per-view box office and a slew of other revenue streams.

Alvarez has since rebounded with a 10th round stoppage of Alfredo Angulo in March and is currently scheduled to face Erislandy Lara in a non-title fight next month in Las Vegas. The bout figures to still play out despite the recent development in this ongoing lawsuit.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by radioraheem on 09-23-2014

[QUOTE=JakeNDaBox;14670638]I'll help flush it out for you: [I]Alvarez was first signed by All-Star Boxing in [U]September ’08[/U], at age 18 and already three years into his pro career. The two sides were introduced by Rafael Mendoza, Alvarez’ manager and also…

Comment by Mitchell Kane on 09-23-2014

Going to a mediator Friday.

Comment by JakeNDaBox on 06-17-2014

[QUOTE=jinx_htx;14669276]This article doesn't shed much light on exactly at what point is canelo alleged to have broken the contract. What obligations did he not fulfill? What does all star want exactly, 180k? Canelo probably has 180k in change under his…

Comment by dc3383 on 06-17-2014

[QUOTE=Cinci Champ;14669482]what does this have to do with oscar being nice and who is "they"[/QUOTE] What he doesn't comprehend is there's no nice guys in business everyone is for themselves.

Comment by Tyler_Durden on 06-17-2014

I hope that bullsh1t promotional company all star loses the case and doesn't get sh1t.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (16)
Top Headlines Joshua: I Took Klitschko Fight Because Our Division Needed It Jacobs' Trainer Would Like Gennady Golovkin Rematch - Next Team Andrade: Lara Turned Us Down Twice; Never Talked Money Koncz: Brisbane Crown Will Be Cheering For Pacquiao, Not Horn Joseph Parker's Handlers View Razvan Cojanu as Dangerous Fight Kevin Johnson Vows To Break Down Kubrat Pulev, Make Him Quit Catterall Feels Walsh is Capable of Shocking Gervonta Davis Photos: Pacquiao, Horn - Go Face To Face in Melbourne Photo: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Already Down To 169.5-Pounds Video: Hearn on Joshua-Wilder, British Scene, Brook-Spence, Fury Horn: I Can Stop Pinching Myself - The Pacquiao Fight is Real! Vitali Klitschko: I'm More Than Sure My Brother Knocks Joshua Out! Video: Johnny Nelson Talks Joshua vs. Klitschko Anthony Joshua - Is He Really Ready For This? Video: Loeffler Discusses Golovkin's Future Path, Joshua-Klitschko Chavez Jr. Down To 169.5-Pounds With 10 Days To Canelo Fight! Video: Malignaggi Breaks Down Klitschko-Joshua, Canelo-Chavez Loeffler: Golovkin Will Wait, Focus on Canelo-Chavez Winner Video: Errol Spence Discusses Kell Brook Showdown, Training Video: Tony Bellew on The Future, Possible Opponents, More Video: Vitali Klitschko Talks Wladimir vs. Anthony Joshua Bout Joshua's Coach: Our Job To Prove Klitschko is No Longer Dominant Porter-Berto Bout Drew Average of 468,000 Viewers on Showtime Giovani Santillan Will Face Juan Garcia Mendez on May 19, Ontario Roach: Golovkin Exposed a Bit in Last Fight, Cotto Can Beat Him Joshua Can Be a Nasty Motherf***er in The Ring, Says Mentor Photos: Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko Open Workouts Emmanuel Folly, Unbeaten Prospect, Arrested on Child Porn Charges Joshua: Klitschko's Chin Can't Be Bad; He Reigned for 10 Years Heather Hardy, Charles Conwell Return on May 18, Broadway Boxing Zolani Tete is Now Elevated To FULL WBO Bantamweight Champion Klitschko Brothers vs. British Fighters - A Review and Analysis Frank Bruno: Joshua Could Potentially KO Klitschko "Very Early" Helenius Pounds 'Chisora' Heavy Bag in Camp, Vows Repeat Win Arum: American Fans, Writers Are Warming Up To Pacquiao-Horn Saunders: Tyson Fury Training With Us, Getting in Good Shape Joshua Doesn’t Think He’ll Make More Money Than Mayweather Matthysse's Promoters Don't Know What to Expect in Comeback Bout Rozier: Khurtsidze Will Pressure, Beat Down Billy Joe Saunders! Wilder: Klitschko Needed to be Humbled; Losing Inspired Him
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement