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Daniel Dubois is suing Hall of Fame promoter Don King for an alleged breach of contract after Don King’s promotion failed to pay the Brit following his victory over Trevor Bryan on June 11. ‘Dynamite’ knocked out King’s fighter Bryan in the fourth round of a one-sided affair to claim the WBA (regular) heavyweight title at the Casino Miami Jai-Alai in Miami, USA.
King, won the right to promote the fight at a WBA purse bid on March 21 with an offer of $3,116,001 to beat a bid of $2,503,000 from Dubois’ promoter Frank Warren. Under the terms of the purse bid, Bryan, was entitled to 55 per cent ($1,713,800.55) and Dubois was due 45 per cent ($1,402,200.45). But according to Dubois’ attorney, his client has not received his agreed purse.
“The fighter hasn’t gotten paid and when boxers get in the ring and risk their lives the most important obligation of the promoter, the sanctioning body and the commission is to see that they are paid, and that hasn’t been done here,” Leon Margules, Dubois’ attorney, told Big Fight Weekend.
According to the lawsuit obtained by Dan Rafael, Dubois is suing for somewhere between $463,274.32 and $938,274.32. Dubois was expected to pay three per cent of his purse ($42,066.01) to the WBA for sanctioning fees while a further 30 per cent ($420,660.12) was to be deducted on his behalf as income withholding tax. Finally, a sum of $1,200 was supposed to be paid as part of a WBA manager license fee for his manager Martin Bowers’ involvement. As a result, Dubois was due a total payment of $938,274.32.
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