UK betting company Betfred are currently embroiled in a dispute with world champion Nonito Donaire over withheld family winnings.
Donaire’s father-in-law Gerry Marcial hasn’t received the four-figure sum of a bet placed on the bantamweight star in the World Boxing Super Series.
Ryan Burnett suffered an injury in the fourth round and was unable to compete, meaning Donaire was declared the victor via TKO (or retirement after 4th).
Marcial bet £200 at odds of 12-1 for Donaire to stop Burnett, alongside another wager of £50 at 11-2. The amounts equates to just under £3000 plus stake.
“November 03, 2018 was the happiest day celebrating 61years of my life,” explained Gerry.
“It started with a pre-fight celebration of my birthday, the double win of my son in law Nonito Donaire, and the post-fight after party celebration of both the win and also my birthday.
“This joyful celebration was muddied by Scotland ‘s Betfred betting post who does not want to pay out my winning wager.
“As usual, I would wager on my son in law. Moreso because I used my lucky birthday money, I surmised that even thought Nonito is the underdog, he has a strong chance of a knockout or a win due to his strong punching power.
“Thus a bet for a win and a separate bet for the win with a knockout. Betfred willingly accepted the bet since I am betting on the underdog.
“After the win, the following day I tried to collect but was told they were low on cash and I need to return the following day. Unable to return because of my flight, I gave my winning ticket to my daughter to claim.
“For numerous days, different reasoning was given to her by BetFred for not being able to pay out. Lastly Betfred tried to challenge her mentally thinking she had lack of education of the rules governed by BBBofC and saying that because I’m family, I could be putting Nonitos boxing license in jeopardy.
“They must not know my daughter very well and am sure she gave them an earful. She noted in addition to that, kept using the reasoning that she is ‘American’ she doesnt understand. Whereas she started to cite BBBOC regulations and even had the number in which it stated the rule of the Member not being able to place bets (meaning Nonito himself of course cannot bet on himself) but did not affect me of course bc I’m not stepping into the ring.
“It is funny that they say this since adjacent to their store front. Another betting establishment took partial of our bet and immediately paid when asked.
“This is illegal and them trying to bully us around and discriminate against us just bc we are American. It’s not right.
“And let’s just put it this way, if I lost my bet, could I have gone back in and said ‘I wanted my money back’ because I’m his father in law? No of course not.
“Bottom line…..DON’T BETFRED…you’ll get screwed,” he added.”
Nonito has taken to social media to get justice for Gerry, who is the father of wife Rachel – also on the case.
Betfred promised to investigate the issue but seem to have no choice but to pay out.
Fans of the hugely popular Donaire have already expressed their anger on the matter.