Judge Sides With Ryabinskiy in Lawsuit Against Don King

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by OnePunch on 10-03-2014

[QUOTE=observer;14996302]I didn't think Ryabinsky had much of a chance. How do you sue a promoter for the fact that his fighter took banned substance? If a promoter is liable, then this is a quick fix for the juicing problem -…

Comment by Dafoo on 10-02-2014

Kind of surprised by this decision. Sounds like Don King may have used the same tax attorney he hired for Tyson's rape case back in the day. LOL

Comment by observer on 10-02-2014

[QUOTE=chocolate;14996249]I have no sympathy for King or Jones in this case as they did not man up with their mistake and claimed that the Russian's tampered with the tests in the first fight the second fight test was done in…

Comment by chocolate on 10-02-2014

I have no sympathy for King or Jones in this case as they did not man up with their mistake and claimed that the Russian's tampered with the tests in the first fight the second fight test was done in…

Comment by T.M.T on 10-02-2014

pay up. this comes with the territory

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