Don King Issues Cease and Desist with Shine Fights
May 5, 2010
According to MaxBoxing.com, Don King Promotions has issued a cease and desist order to Shine Fight Promotions on the grounds that Ricardo Mayorga is contractually obligated to fight exclusively for Don King. Mayorga is set to fight Din Thomas on May 15th at Shine Fights 3: Worlds Collide.
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.
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.