King's bid to break Tyson-Lewis fight

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Lennox Lewis claims promoter Don King made death threats against one of Mike Tyson's friends and bribed another in an effort to get Tyson to back out of a deal

King's bid to break Tyson-Lewis fight

Las Vegas:

Lennox Lewis claims promoter Don King made death threats against one of Mike Tyson's friends and bribed another in an effort to get Tyson to back out of a deal to fight Lewis in a heavyweight title rematch. Attorneys for Lewis yesterday filed suit in a New York court seeking up to $385 million for what they said was a plot by King to snatch Tyson away from his current promoters and get the former champion to fight for him again. The suit claims King cost Lewis $10 million by keeping Tyson off of a June 21 fight card in Los Angeles and another $25 million by stopping him from signing a deal for an eventual rematch between the two fighters. The suit alleges that King threatened the life of Tyson's friend and adviser, Los Angeles agent Jeff Wald, and conspired with a female friend of Tyson to keep him sequestered in a New York hotel last month, preventing him from signing the Lewis contract. "What happened was disgraceful," Lewis attorney Judd Burstein said. "Don King should be hanging his head in shame". The lawsuit also alleges that King bought Tyson several cars and put them in someone else's name because Tyson still owes the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars in back taxes. The suit claims that King is desperate to get Tyson back because he fears losing a $100 million lawsuit Tyson filed against him when they split six years ago for allegedly stealing money from him. That suit is scheduled to go to trial in September, and attorneys for Lewis claim that King is afraid it will bankrupt him. (AP)



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