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Warren seeks £2m damages from Burns, tells High Court ‘he got tapped up’

Phil Jay 08/10/2014

British promoter Frank Warren has addressed the High Court as the litigation case against former fighter Ricky Burns began with opening exchanges from both sides.

Warren is seeking almost £2 million in lost revenue from Burns, according to STV, and believes there was more to his decision to leave his stable, which ultimately ended up with the Scot joining Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing in March 2013.

“He got tapped up, that’s the bottom line. Behind the scenes he got tapped up by another promoter. That’s what this is all about and it is very disappointing,” said Warren as reported by STV, before the long-time boxing figure admitted his regret on how thing eventually ended with the former world champion.

“Up until this litigation I quite liked him, now I am very disappointed. Very, very disappointed,” he added.

It was claimed by Warren that he held the rights to promote Burns’ next three contests until the untimely split, although the boxer’s barrister stated that failure to pay full fight fees to the ‘Rickster’ meant the contract was unenforceable.

Burns, 31, has since saw his career hit a downward spiral over the past eighteen months, but did recently get back to winning ways by out-pointing Alex Lepelley in Leeds.

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