Daniel Dubois is aiming for another victory over Don King, but this time in a court.
Dan Rafael has reported that the heavyweight is suing the American promoter for non-payment following his win over Trevor Bryan in June. The sum is said to be somewhere between $463,274.32 and $938,274.32
In March King won the rights to stage the WBA title fight between Bryan and Dubois with a winning purse bid of just over $3.1m. The champion was entitled to 55% with 45% going to the challenger.
Dubois, promoted by Frank Warren, travelled to Miami and ended the night with a destructive fourth round knockout over Bryan to become the new WBA ‘Regular’ Heavyweight champion.
On Monday, nearly eight weeks on from the biggest win of his career, Dubois sued Don King Productions in circuit court in Broward County, Florida.
Dubois’ attorney Leon Margules told Big Fight Weekend:
“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.”
In a statement King’s attorney Tony Gonzalez says Dubois has been paid by his client.
“DKP has made all requisite payments towards Mr. Dubois’ purse.”
“Pursuant to Florida State Athletic Commission Director Patrick Cunningham’s instructions, proof of payment in the form of the payment for the 30% IRS backup withholding was provided along with $475,000 setoff towards Mr. Dubois’ purse at the instruction of Mr. Dubois’ promoter, Queensbury.”
“Additionally, and at the instruction of Mr. Cunningham, an escrow deposit was made in the amount of $134,000.00 representing a final balance due Mr. Dubois after applying a setoff of $319,000 for outstanding monies owed DKP by Mr. Warren. Also, all sanction fees owed by Mr. Dubois were paid in full to the WBA.”