A hearing set to decide on Don King Productions’ motion for
injunctive relief against Shine Fight Promotions and boxer Ricardo
Mayorga has been extended until Saturday at 10:00 a.m. EST,
Sherdog.com has learned.
DKP is asking a Broward County, Fla., Court to prevent boxer
Ricardo Mayorga’s MMA debut against former UFC lightweight
contender Din Thomas at
Shine Fights 3 “World Collide” Saturday night at the Crown Coliseum
in Fayetteville, N.C.
Sports Illustrated’s Josh Gross was the first to report on the
postponement, while DKP’s attorney, Alex Brito, told Sherdog.com
that Judge Marc Gold will likely rule on the motion by 12:00 p.m.
EST, just hours before the start of Shine Fight’s pay-per-view
broadcast, of which Mayorga is slated to headline.
DKP claims Mayorga is in breach of its exclusive promotional
contract with the boxer and that the MMA promotion has infringed on
DKP’s business agreement with Mayorga by trying to promote him in
its event. However, Shine Fights CEO Devin Price argues that DKP’s
contract with the athlete pertains only to his boxing career, and
not his mixed martial arts endeavors.
Brito told Sherdog.com that the hearing lasted five hours on
Friday, and was delayed by the absence of Mayorga, who is named in
the motion, and his legal representation. Brito said it was later
decided that Shine Fights’ attorneys would also represent Mayorga
in the hearing.
Opening statements from both sides, as well as a bulk of the
plaintiff’s argument were heard on Friday, said Brito. DKP
representative Dana Jamison was examined and cross-examined, and
the plaintiffs also presented evidence relative to the case. Brito
said the plaintiff will finish its argument presentation on
Saturday. The court will then hear the defendant’s argument and
make a ruling.