Update: Mayorga Bout, Shine Fights Cancelled
The North Carolina Boxing Authority on Saturday, not long before
the event was scheduled to commence, brought down the axe on the
Shine Fights 3 “World Collide” show at the Crown Coliseum in
Fayetteville, N.C. Karyn Bryant, a member of the Shine Fights
broadcast team, reported the cancellation via Twitter.
The event ran aground earlier in the day when Don King Productions
was granted its motion for injunctive relief against Shine Fight
Promotions and boxer Ricardo
Mayorga, who was scheduled to make his MMA debut against former
UFC lightweight contender Din Thomas in
the main event.
Broward County, Fla., Judge Marc Gold ruled Shine Fights could not
promote the 36-year-old boxer, per his agreement with the boxing
promotion. DKP has an exclusive three-year contract with Mayorga,
which was signed on October 1, 2009.
“The court found that Mayorga is not a legitimate mixed martial
artist and that Shine was not legitimately promoting him as one for
this event,” said Alex Brito, attorney for Don King Productions,
“and that the only reason anyone was attending this ‘Worlds
Collide’ event was to see how Mayorga fared as a boxer against an
According to Brito, Judge Gold suggested that DKP would be
successful in proving that Mayorga is in breach of his contract
with the boxing promotion. He believed that whether Mayorga won,
lost or was injured in his proposed bout with Thomas, DKP would
suffer “irreparable damage” in trying to promote Mayorga again as a
boxer. DKP said it has already secured Mayorga’s next boxing
assignment against current WBA world middleweight champion Felix
Sturm in August or September 2010.
Shine Fights appeared ready to move forward with the event,
shifting the Murilo "Ninja"
matchup into the featured slot. The North Carolina commission had
other ideas. Representatives from Shine Fights could not
immediately be reached for comment.
Loretta Hunt contributed to this report.
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