Don King issues Cease and Desist on Shine Fights

source: maxboxing.com
 

Don King Productions has become aware that an entity known as Shine Fight Promotions recently announced their intention to present a match showcasing former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga.

Don King Productions has a valid promotional contract granting the right of exclusive representation of Ricardo Mayorga and has advised Shine Fight Promotions accordingly.

Shine Fight Promotions’ conduct constitutes tortious interference with Don King Productions’ agreement with Ricardo Mayorga, and Don King Productions has requested they immediately cease and desist promoting Ricardo Mayorga at one of their events to avoid the need for legal action in this matter .

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Payout Perspective:

Mayorga sued Don King in September of 2009 for failure to perform (arrange an adequate amount of fights) and for violation of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act (citing a conflict of interest). There’s no indication that suit has been settled yet, but there’s obviously some bad blood lingering; the idea that King just became aware of Mayorga’s fight one week prior to the event is more than convenient.

Regardless of what the deal is between King and Mayorga, Shine Fights is likely to pay the cost. The promotion has been marketing this fight for nearly two months and just about to ramp things up for fight week; without the main event, they’ll be in tough to garner much interest for the PPV.

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Doug Wilson site profile image  

5/5/10 6:46 PM by Doug Wilson

  Shine Fights responds to Don King's threat: Despite demands from Don King Productions to "cease and desist" promoting Ricardo Mayorga, Shine Fights Promotions CEO Devin Price is assuring fight fans that the May 15th MMA event "WORLDS COLLIDE: MAYORGA VS. THOMAS" will go forward "without a doubt." Price also added, "Shine Fights has a valid and exclusive promotional contract with Ricardo Mayorga for mixed martial arts. We are pleased to offer both MMA fans and boxing fans a great night of MMA action on Saturday, May 15th." "When we announced this fight I said that we think Mayorga’s fans are just that, his fans, and that they will follow him to MMA," said Price. "Our target is to convert many boxing fans into fans of both sports."

Titanium Rhino site profile image  

5/5/10 5:03 PM by Titanium Rhino

Agreed. Let me know when you're free bro. Almost done that script and working on 2 more.

Wade Hampel site profile image  

5/5/10 4:07 PM by Wade Hampel

Don King ???

DanasDaddy site profile image  

5/5/10 1:46 PM by DanasDaddy

Don King Productions issues Cease and DesistWed 5-May-2010 00:55 DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.—Don King Productions has become aware that an entity known as Shine Fight Promotions recently announced their intention to present a match showcasing former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga.Don King Productions has a valid promotional contract granting the right of exclusive representation of Ricardo Mayorga and has advised Shine Fight Promotions accordingly. Shine Fight Promotions’ conduct constitutes tortious interference with Don King Productions’ agreement with Ricardo Mayorga, and Don King Productions has requested they immediately cease and desist promoting Ricardo Mayorga at one of their events to avoid the need for legal action in this matter .

EKPOGI site profile image  

5/5/10 12:47 PM by EKPOGI

not shocked.it was too good to be true anyways.funny Don King waited this late to take action.i wonder if Shine did this to promote the show,then just replaced Mayorga with whoever and get the free publicity that Mayorga attracts.

John Harlacher site profile image  

5/5/10 12:28 PM by John Harlacher

Also, couldn't Mayorga sign a contract guaranteeing himself as a free agent, creating some legal distance between himself and SHINE?I bet he has done that. I've had to do that with projects. If Kings contract is amorphous, SHINE could say they looked at it in good faith and found it undefined, and Mayorga assured them contractually that he was free to fight for them. The question is if King really wants to stop it, or just to get his beak wet.

SlickRick01 site profile image  

5/5/10 11:38 AM by SlickRick01

The question just boils down to this: Was DKP's contract with Mayorga related to his participation in the sport of boxing or did its terms also include MMA? Pretty black and white. The contract language won't say things like "fighting", most likely. It would specify what specific type of athletic contest. If it does include language for MMA or "all combat sports" then SHINE is going to look like the world's largest idiots when this comes out. If Mayorga's contract only singles out boxing matches, SHINE has absolutely nothing to worry about.

DanasDaddy site profile image  

5/5/10 11:34 AM by DanasDaddy

It's not.

Crazy Zimmerman site profile image  

5/5/10 11:29 AM by Crazy Zimmerman

Not a fan of King's but if he has a contract that prevents Mayorga from fighting, how is that his fault?  Mayorga needed a better lawyer.

DanasDaddy site profile image  

5/5/10 11:28 AM by DanasDaddy

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