A judge in the United States has ruled that flamboyant promoter Don King is liable for the world title fight between his fighter Guillermo Jones and Denis Lebedev not going ahead as planned in April 2014.
Jones had previously stopped Lebedev to retain his WBA cruiserweight title a year earlier, but failed a drugs test in the build-up to the rematch and the Russian’s promoters World of Boxing LLC immediately sued King for breach of contract.
World of Boxing, who are headed by Andriy Rabinksy and Vlad Hrunov, had claimed for $2.4m in damages from King, although the actual payout is yet to be determined by US District Judge Shira Scheindlin.
King had been hoping that the case brought by Rabinsky and Hrunov would be dismissed at the hearing and did not make any official statement upon the final decision, which could cost the 83 year-old a hefty sum.
It was claimed by King that World of Boxing were to blame for the cancellation of the event, although Scheindlin stated that the fight not going ahead due to a problem with Jones ‘plainly put King in breach’ making it a double whammy for both the handler and the boxer.
The WBA have since stripped Jones of his title and handed it to Lebedev, who made a successful defence of the belt on Saturday night by stopping Pawel Kolodziej in just two rounds at the Dynamo Palace of Sports.