Heavyweight Williams denies intentionally losing 2000 bout

Boxing

May 11, 2004|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

LOS ANGELES - A heavyweight boxer said in an affidavit that he fought "as hard as I could and did nothing to intentionally lose" a March 2000 bout that a boxing manager has admitted fixing, a lawyer said yesterday.

Attorney Michael Marley, in a letter to the U.S. Attorney's office in Las Vegas, called boxing manager Robert Mittleman "a vicious liar" for claiming that heavyweight Thomas Williams deliberately lost the match, held in Denmark. Marley represents Mogens Palle, the Danish promoter of that fight.

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