Al Haymon settles lawsuit with Bad Dog Productions
While manager/adviser and Premier Boxing Champions creator Al Haymon still faces a pair of nine-figure lawsuits from Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, he has settled a third, lower-profile suit against him.
Bad Dog Productions filed suit against Haymon and promoter Warriors Boxing in Miami last year, contending that they interfered with the promotional contract Bad Dog had with then-junior lightweight titlist Rances Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs), who is scheduled to face Denis Shafikov (36-1-1, 19 KOs) for a vacant lightweight world title on Friday night in a Spike-televised PBC card at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
On Thursday, Bad Dog attorney Jorge Fors Jr. issued a statement saying the suit had been settled.
“The lawsuit filed in Miami by Bad Dog Productions against Warriors Boxing and Promotions, et al., has reached an amicable settlement through which Bad Dog assigned all of its promotional rights concerning Rances Barthelemy to Warriors in exchange for a payment by Warriors. The terms of the settlement are confidential,” Fors said.
Haymon still faces a $300 million lawsuit from Golden Boy Promotions and a $100 million suit from Top Rank, which both contend that he is acting as a manager and a promoter — violating the federal Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act — and that he has repeatedly violated antitrust laws in connection with the creation of PBC.
Article written by Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer