Shine Fight Promotions CEO Devin Price responded Thursday to an
injunction filed by Don King Promotions (DKP) by laughing off what
Price called “trickerations” from the longtime boxing promoter.
filed for injunctive relief against Shine and Ricardo
Mayorga last Friday, asking a Broward County, Fla., Court to
prevent the boxer’s participation against former UFC lightweight
contender Din Thomas in
Shine Fights 3 “World Collide” this Saturday at the Crown Coliseum
in Fayetteville, N.C. DKP has also filed a separate complaint
seeking a jury trial on the matter.
According to the legal documents obtained by Sherdog.com, DKP
claims Mayorga is in violation of its exclusive promotional
contract with the boxer. However, Shine’s Price argues that DKP’s
contract with the athlete pertains only to his boxing career, and
not his mixed martial arts endeavors.
“When one operates within the rules and regulations, one has
nothing to worry about,’ said Price in a press release issued
Thursday. “As far as King goes, it is just his usual
smoke-and-mirrors. He shoots his mouth off about an injunction to
try and sway the media's perception, and then waits until the last
minute to file in hopes of affecting the success of the promotion.
I know the difference between MMA and boxing -- and so does Don
In its filings, DKP accuses Mayorga of breaching his contract with
the promotion by accepting the Shine Fights assignment without its
explicit approval. DKP also alleges the MMA promotion engaged
“tortuous conduct” to acquire Mayorga’s services and that the
boxer’s participation in Saturday’s bout could damage Mayorga’s
physical well-being and reputation, thus preventing DKP from using
the boxer in a proposed bout against current WBA World Middleweight
Champion Felix Sturm in August or September 2010.
In a copy of Mayorga’s promotional agreement provided by DKP with
its motions, the contract states the promotion has “sole and
exclusive rights to secure and arrange all professional boxing
bouts,” specified as “Bouts,” for three years. The contract also
states Mayorga may not participate in “any bouts other than bouts
promoted or co-promoted by Promoter or for which Promoter has
granted Fighter prior written permission.”
The contract’s verbiage doesn’t specifically define the difference
between “Bouts” and “bouts” in lowercase. However, DKP’s lawyer,
Alex Brito, asserts that “bouts” includes boxing, MMA, as well as
other combat sports disciplines.
“We think the contract is very clear in what it prohibits Mr.
Mayorga from doing without Mr. King promoting the actual bout or
giving his blessing for another entity to promote it,” said
Brito also contends that Shine infringed on DKP's contract with the
36-year-old boxer by targeting the audience that King has helped
build for Mayorga in the last few years.
“Mayorga is not an MMA participant,” said Brito. “He’s a boxer. His
skills in this event are being promoted as a boxer. There are no
illusions here that Mayorga is going to go in there and
In the release, Mayorga alludes that King hasn’t provided him with
the contracted quota of fights (two to three fights in a one-year
period), as stipulated in the promotional agreement.
"Don King cannot stop this fight because I have only signed
contracts with Don having to do with my boxing career,” said
Mayorga in the release. “This is ridiculous, because Don knows he
has not fought me in 18 months and a fighter makes his living and
supports his family based on fighting…He does not give me fights
and now wants to try to stop me from fighting.”
Brito said it was his understanding that Mayorga had not fought
during that period because of an injury, though the fighter has
chosen not to publicly disclose that information.
A Broward County judge will rule on the injunction Friday at 1:30
p.m. EST, said Brito.
J. R. Riddell contributed to this report.