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Charles Hatley Sues Don King Ahead of Charlo Title Shot

Deerfield Beach, Fla. – Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King thought he had seen it all in this sport, but this is a first for the legendary sports figure.

King found himself being sued by his own fighter, super welterweight number one challenger Charles Hatley two weeks before his title shot on April 22 against the WBC Super Welterweight Champion Jermell Charlo.

“I don’t think this has ever happened to me in all the years I’ve been in boxing,” said King.  “Charles Hatley comes to me with his lawyer, manager and father and asks me to help him get a title shot.  He signs a promoter’s contract and I turn around and land him a mandatory championship fight against Charlo.

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“Charles is the same fighter that couldn’t get a title shot from his previous promoter and I turn around after he comes to me to help him and I deliver a title shot in his first fight back.  Here’s a fighter who has won nine straight fights and has a great lifetime record of 26-1-1.  I deliver him a title shot and he delivers me papers.”

King made a deal with co-promoter/manager Al Haymon after Hatley signed a promotional agreement and then followed that up by signing bout agreement.

“This is the craziest thing I have ever seen.  Charles is getting ready for the fight and he changes lawyers and this guy has Charles sue me after all that I have done for him and his father.”

Said Hatley’s manager Lee Holliday of Holliday Boxing: “Don King has been very transparent in his negotiations with Charles Hatley. I was and am very disappointed, to say the least, regarding the lawsuit. This is an unprecedented situation two weeks before the fight. It’s certainly totally unfair to a promoter who has work very hard to get us this world title shot. It’s totally unfair to a fighter who should be thinking about nothing but the fight of his life.”

Hatley’s former attorney, La Coulton J. Walls, praised King as a legendary promoter. “Unfortunately, it is easy to get caught up in the caricature and not appreciate the greatness he has achieved,” Walls said. “The Hatleys are hardworking people who have a certain mistrust of boxing institutions.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DocGreenThumb. on 04-07-2017

Nothing's changed but the time. I started laughing when I read the headline. Imagine that Don King sued again. Do any of you boxing experts know if this guy's been sued in every decade since he's been a boxing promoter,…

Comment by slimPickings on 04-07-2017

Is Don King still alive? Imagine Don King being sued!!! What is this world coming to??

Comment by Eff Pandas on 04-07-2017

[QUOTE=Shonoluv;17573700]Nothing but propaganda facing King, here you have all kinds of documents proving that Arum has been by far the bigger scumbag but your biases just can't let logic win.[/QUOTE] I guess it depends on how you look at it.…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 04-07-2017

[QUOTE=MasterPlan;17573647]King ain't broke this does nothing to King. It does to Hatley however. If I sued my boss, I bet they wouldn't want to see me at work in the near future.[/QUOTE] I mean, I understand he isn't broke but…

Comment by Shonoluv on 04-07-2017

Nothing but propaganda facing King, here you have all kinds of documents proving that Arum has been by far the bigger scumbag but your biases just can't let logic win. [QUOTE=Eff Pandas;17573657]I'm not saying Arum is a hero or anything.…

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