By Luke Furman
Bad news for promoter Don King, as U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan found him liable for breach of contract with relation to the canceled fight on April 25th rematch in Moscwo between World Boxing Association cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and mandatory challenger Guillermo Jones. The fight was canceled, about an hour before the fighters were scheduled to step in the ring, because Jones tested positive for diuretic furosemide.
Andrey Ryabinskiy, CEO of Russian promotional firm World of Boxing LLC., sued King for $2.4 million. Damages will be determined later.
Jones had knocked out Lebedev in a May 2013, but was later stripped of his title after failing another drug test, also for furosemide.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org