According to numerous reports, Miami-based Caribe Promotions has sued Roc Nation Sports in Manhattan Supreme Court for allegedly freezing them out of Saturday's fight between two Olympic gold medalists Guillermo Rigondeaux and Vasyl Lomachenko, which takes place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The fight is being televised as the main event on ESPN.
Caribe, who became Rigondeaux’s lead promoter in 2009, cut a co-promotional deal with Roc Nation in November of 2015.
According to the court documents, Roc Nation cut a deal for Saturday's fight with Lomachenko's promoter, Top Rank, without telling Caribe.
Caribe also claim in the lawsuit papers that Roc Nation dropped their name from promotional materials and refused to give them tickets to the event or approve their attendance at press conferences.
According to Caribe’s Vice President Luis Fonseca, the freeze out is in response to his refusal to pay for $108,000 in expenses related to another fight in June - when Rigondeaux stopped Moises Flores in the first round on the Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev rematch at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The fight was later changed to a no-decision after it was determined that Flores as hit after the bell.
Fonseca acknowledges the $108K amount, but says he was never warned about the costs. Caribe is asking the judge to force Roc Nation to share promotional perks for Saturday’s bout.
Caribe claim that it will suffer "disastrous" financial consequences if it's brand name is not featured prominently in the fight.
"Denying Caribe the benefit of association with its marquee fighter in this historic bout cannot be remedied by money damages," Fonseca said in an affidavit.
The suit indicates that the two promoters are already in arbitration regarding a breach of their agreement. Caribe says it sued because the arbitration will not be resolved before the fight. The suit seeks an emergency court order, allowing Caribe to act as co-promoter of the event.