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Artur Beterbiev Loses Legal Case, Bound To GYM Until 2021

By Luke Furman

After nearly a year of promotional confusion, IBF light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev has lost his legal case against promoter Yvon Michel of GYM.

Beterbiev has attempting to invalidate his promotional agreement with Michel - and then jump over to fight under the banner of Top Rank.

But earlier today in a Canadian courtroom, a judge ruled that Beterbiev is under a valid contract to Groupe Yvon Michel until 2021.

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The boxer had asked the court in July of 2017 to invalidate the contract that bound him to the Montreal promoter. In his judgment issued Friday, judge Frederic Bachand ruled in favor of GYM.

Beterbiev argued that his contract, extended in 2015 following an initial agreement signed in 2013, was no longer valid, since it contravened the rules of the Liquor, Racing and Gaming Regime, which provide for agreements of two years between fighters and promoters.

Beterbiev argued that this contract ended in March 2017.

The boxer also claimed that GYM had not respected the terms of the contract, particularly following his fight in December 2015 against Isidro Prieto, because GYM had paid the entire promised purse the following March.

According to LA Presse, Judge Bachand ruled that "GYM is not in breach of the 2015 contract", since the promoter's payment terms did not "cause any prejudice" to the latter. Nor can the promoter be held responsible for failing to deliver four bouts per year due to an agreement between the two parties in 2017 and following the fact that Beterbiev had agreed to go through a process of elimination in order to secure a light heavyweight world championship bout from the International Boxing Federation.

Besides Beterbiev, Michel also promotes two other top light heavyweights - undefeated Eleider Alvarez - who challenges WBO champion Sergey Kovalev on August 4th on HBO, and WBC world champion Adonis Stevenson, who competes on Showtime.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by ShoulderRoll on 06-12-2018

[QUOTE=Nyboxfan1;18852234]Well another loss in court for Top Rank. The 2nd will be to Chris Middendorf as he was the promoter of Bud Crawford and He and TR cut a deal to co-promote him and TR was sued for not paying…

Comment by Nyboxfan1 on 06-11-2018

Well another loss in court for Top Rank. The 2nd will be to Chris Middendorf as he was the promoter of Bud Crawford and He and TR cut a deal to co-promote him and TR was sued for not paying…

Comment by g27region on 06-10-2018

There's a rumour that Beterbiev is a snake kind of person, I don't know if it's true or not but it's based on words of Kovalev, his amateur trainer whom he told he's going to visit Canada for surgery and…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 06-10-2018

[QUOTE=jas;18847924]Promoter doesnt do sh1t anyway Fighters should start paying flat fees to lawyers/accountants/negotiators to speak to networks on their behalf to negotiate a purse rather than bound themselves to a multi-year contract because of the lure of a significant signing-on…

Comment by lanker rom on 06-10-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18843648]I'd disagree, tbh. Folks can argue the degrees of separation, but Daniel Jacobs signed with Eddie Hearn because HBO put up what they did as the guarantee and the move helps make money fights more makable. Carl Frampton signed with…

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