Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Report: Stiverne and Don King Settle Ali Act Lawsuit

by David P. Greisman

A legal battle between heavyweight contender Bermane Stiverne and promoter Don King has come to an end, according to what Stiverne told Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com.

“It's been maybe in the last 24 to 48 hours that we sat down like two grown men and we talked it out, so everything's good now. We worked it out,” Stiverne told Satterfield. “We're good right now, so, we settled, and everything is perfect. We didn't see eye-to-eye for a couple of months, and we decided to sit down and go over certain things. We're back together.”

This removes any legal obstacles for a rematch between Chris Arreola and Stiverne, which the World Boxing Council has ordered to be contested for the heavyweight title vacated by Vitali Klitschko.

Stiverne’s lawsuit was filed in early November over what Stiverne alleged were violations of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, according to reports by Courthouse News Service and Zach Arnold of FightOpinion.com.

The allegations date back to when Stiverne was meeting with King to sign for a June 2011 fight with Ray Austin, a bout that had been mandated by the World Boxing Council.

“When he arrived at the meeting, however, Stiverne was informed that he would not be permitted to sign the bout agreement with Austin unless he first signed an exclusive promotional agreement with DKP [Don King Productions],” Arnold quoted the lawsuit as saying.

“In fact, before they would present to Stiverne the bout agreement with Austin, Don King and DKP required that Stiverne sign three contracts at that meeting which related to either promoter or management services with Don King, DKP, Don King’s step-son Carl King, and Carl King’s company Elite Sports and Entertainment Management Inc.”

The lawsuit also claimed that the contracts granted Don King Productions 25 percent of the money he earned, and granted King and Don King Productions “an irrevocable power of attorney for up to 8 years” on matters such as agreements, receiving money, and the hiring and firing of Stiverne’s business managers.

Another 16 percent of his income would go to Carl King’s company.

Stiverne’s attorney argued that his client signed with King so as to get the bout with Austin, which could then lead to further bouts, including a fight with WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko.

King’s legal team disputed numerous allegations, and also filed a counterclaim against Stiverne and manager Camille Estephan for “breach of contract and tortious interference with a contract,” according to a copy of the legal filing obtained by BoxingScene.

King argued that Stiverne had long been under promotional agreements with him, the first one dating back to May 2005, the second from August 2007, and the third in April 2011, the latter a contract King argued is still valid. Stiverne and Estephan were accused of negotiating for a fight with Vitali Klitschko and without the involvement of Don King.

King’s counterclaim also noted that any claims were to be resolved with arbitration and not through litigation.

Online court files from last week indicate that Stiverne and King were to have a mediation session “held before the World Boxing Council.”

Pick up a copy of David’s new book, “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,” at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsamazon or internationally at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsworldwide. Send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Deontay Wilder on 12-20-2013

Now that the lawsuit is over with, it's time for Stiverne to get KTFO. Bombsquad :boxing: [IMG]http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Sport/Pix/pictures/2013/4/27/1367103436936/Deontay-Wilder-right-knoc-008.jpg[/IMG]

Comment by Jack Napier on 12-19-2013

King's days of prominence are over Stiverne never shoulda bothered with him in the 1st place if he was smart he'd stay far clear of King he's about to go for a title, he doesn't need to sit on the…

Comment by turnedup on 12-19-2013

Don King makes Arum, Dibella,Duva, and Schaeffer look like saints.

Comment by gito7127 on 12-19-2013

if they're stupid enough to sign with King then they deserve to get ripped off :buttkick:

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 12-19-2013

The tragedy of all this is, why is King even still in business? Doesn't word get out... eventually? Every biz has it's snakes... but the word gets out. Oh well, at least we get to see a good fight with…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (16)
Top Headlines Easter: Lomachenko Wouldn't Beat Me; Don’t Think It'll Happen Spence: Thurman, Garcia, Porter Wouldn't Answer Call to Fight Me Browne: Whyte is Like Mundine - Sh*t Talks His Way Into Fights! Josh Taylor: I Think Humberto Soto is Tougher Fight Than Vazquez Gorman Feels Dubois Fight is "Bound To Happen Down The Line" Parker: Trash Talk Helped Make Fight, But I Feel I Can KO Joshua Filip Hrgovic vs. Tom Little Added To Usyk-Briedis Card Sanchez: GGG Couldn't Go To Body, Canelo Was Nearly Running! Can Spence Overpower Peterson, Demolish Him Way Matthysse Did? James DeGale To Trigger Rematch Clause With Caleb Truax Team Horn Embrace Fighting Terence Crawford at MSG in April Fortuna: No Excuses From Easter - The IBF Belt Will Come To DR Trainer: Spence is Hardest Puncher I've Seen - Breaks Faces, Ribs! Mijares Reacts To Berchelt, May Face Papito Vazquez on March 17 Loeffler Explains The Recent Flexibility in 'SuperFly' Concept Photos: Kiram, Gesta Training Hard For Matthysse, Linares Roach: I Love Pacquiao-Lomachenko; Crawford Too Big, Young! Donnie Nietes vs. Juan Carlos Reveco Added To Superfly 2 NSAC Suspends Ogawa for Failed PED Test, Farmer Result in Doubt Yordenis Ugas vs. Ray Robinson Moves To Garcia-Rios Card Photos: Robert Easter, Javier Fortuna - Face To Face at Presser Photos: Spence, Peterson - Face To Face at Final Presser Spence: I Want To Clean Out 147, Be The Last Man Standing! Price Details How He Badly Drilled Anthony Joshua in Sparring Whyte: Getting Wilder's WBC Belt Makes Joshua Rematch Bigger! Tyson Fury Offers To Be Parker's Sparring Partner For Joshua Fight Frank Buglioni vs. Callum Johnson Added To Whyte vs. Browne News: Beltran-Moses Update, Eddie Ortiz, LaManna-Bracero Photos: Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne - Heated Face To Face Josh Taylor vs. Humberto Soto Set For March 3, Glasgow Whyte: Browne Old & Slow; He Has No Way of Stopping Me DiBella: There's No Way Easter-Fortuna Will Be a Boring Fight Jamal James is Open To Facing Amir Khan in Comeback Fight DiBella: If Spence Dominates Peterson, There With Crawford, Loma Frampton: Warren Wants Donaire Fight To Be a WBO Eliminator Cheeseman: Carson Jones Getting Older, I'll Stop Him Late Knockout CP Freshmart vs. Landero in WBA Title Clash, March 6 Hearn: Joshua-Povetkin Happens in UK, We Won't Go To Russia Arum: Pacquiao, Crawford-Horn Double Would Be ESPN PPV Joshua Promoter: We Want Wilder By Year's End - Even in U.S.
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement