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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | August 25, 1998
With hopes of building a new Baltimore Arena, City Council members welcomed yesterday flamboyant boxing promoter Don King to talk about possibly holding a major fight here.King, one of America's most recognized celebrities with his trademark hairdo, stood next to Council President Lawrence A. Bell III and said Baltimore could be a possible venue for King's business enterprises, including investing in local businesses.The city wants to tear down the 36-year-old Baltimore Arena -- formerly known as the Civic Center -- at Baltimore and Howard streets to build a new facility that could spur downtown rejuvenation.
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April 18, 2007
Good morning -- Don King -- Will you be promoting Joey Crawford vs. Tim Duncan?
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By Jennifer Skalka and Jennifer Skalka,Sun reporter | October 17, 2006
Don King trailed his latest contender into a crowd yesterday, ready to pump up his fans for the big fight. Only this time he wasn't entering a boxing ring, but into some of Baltimore's rundown neighborhoods and a gathering of potential city voters. An American flag in each hand and a grapefruit-sized diamond cross hanging around his neck, King - the renowned promoter who is better known than many of the pugilists he represents - turned on the charm he usually reserves for selling the most buzz-worthy prizefights.
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By Jennifer Skalka and Jennifer Skalka,Sun reporter | October 17, 2006
Don King trailed his latest contender into a crowd yesterday, ready to pump up his fans for the big fight. Only this time he wasn't entering a boxing ring, but into some of Baltimore's rundown neighborhoods and a gathering of potential city voters. An American flag in each hand and a grapefruit-sized diamond cross hanging around his neck, King - the renowned promoter who is better known than many of the pugilists he represents - turned on the charm he usually reserves for selling the most buzz-worthy prizefights.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | April 14, 1993
After riding an emotional roller coaster the past seven days, Baltimore junior middleweight Vincent Pettway discovered April can be the kindest and cruelest month.It began full of promise for Pettway, 27, who defends his U.S. Boxing Association title against Dan Sherry of Canada at the Baltimore Arena on May 12. A week ago, accompanied by manager-trainer Mack Lewis, he traveled to New York to meet with promoter Don King.A promotional agreement was signed, guaranteeing Pettway at least three fights a year on King's boxing shows, but the major inducement was the promise of a world title fight before the end of the year for at least a $50,000 purse.
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By Ron Borges and Ron Borges,Boston Globe | December 19, 1990
NEW YORK -- Two forces of nature should not be messed with.It isn't wise to fool with Mother Nature, and it also isn't wise to fool with some hot air known as Don King, as the boxing world learned once again yesterday.Many in boxing were writing King's funeral notices in recent weeks after he lost legendary junior welterweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez to rival promoter Bob Arum, failed to force an immediate heavyweight title fight between champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, and was unable to negotiate a new big-money deal for Tyson with HBO that would include the firing of color analyst Larry Merchant, whom Tyson abhors.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | September 13, 1994
News from the Cauliflower Patch:People in the fight game have been known to rant and rave about promoter Don King even when he does nothing. Which is exactly why heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis' manager, Frank Maloney, was livid.See, King's fighter, Oliver McCall, was supposed to show up in London over the weekend preparatory to his challenge for the World Boxing Council crown, and to help out with the publicity for the scrap in Wembley Arena Sept. 24.Instead, McCall's either 125 or 60 miles from Picadilly Circus, depending upon whose sighting you believe, and refusing to take part in any briefings.
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By MILTON KENT | December 14, 1995
To the outside observer, Fox Sports officials are taking what appears to be a foolish gamble in climbing back into the ring so soon with Mike Tyson and Don King.In case you've forgotten, the network was about to make a much-ballyhooed splash into boxing last month with a heavily hyped, King-promoted fight between Tyson and Buster Mathis Jr. in Las Vegas.Not only was the Fox fight going to club Time Warner's Riddick Bowe-Evander Holyfield pay-per-view bout being held down the street, but it also was going to kick off an entire month -- a sweeps month, no less -- of highly rated network programs, as well as serve as the entry point to a monthly boxing series.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2001
World heavyweight boxing champion Hasim Rahman of Baltimore has signed with Don King Promotions for a reported $5 million and is apparently being pointed to a title defense against journeyman Brian Nielsen of Denmark for another $5 million. Rahman's longtime promoter, Cedric Kushner, confirmed in a statement released yesterday that Rahman signed with King on Thursday night, ending nearly four weeks of negotiations for his services between cable giants HBO and Showtime. USA Today reported yesterday that Rahman (35-2, 29 knockouts)
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April 18, 2007
Good morning -- Don King -- Will you be promoting Joey Crawford vs. Tim Duncan?
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By LEM SATTERFIELD | October 6, 2005
Baltimore native Hasim Rahman, revealing a debt of more than $5 million, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Las Vegas. The filing records show that Rahman, who will earn $4.2 million for his scheduled World Boxing Council title fight against champion Vitali Klitschko on Nov. 12, lists 20 creditors to whom he owes the money. Rahman's biggest creditors are listed as the Internal Revenue Service, at slightly more than $2 million, and his four-year promoter, Don King, at $2 million even.
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By LEM SATTERFIELD and LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER | October 1, 2005
Promoter Don King has filed a federal lawsuit against Baltimore native Hasim Rahman, charging that he is entitled to half of the $4.2 million purse the ex-champion will earn for fighting World Boxing Council heavyweight Vitali Klitschko in November. The suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court's Southern District in Manhattan, charges the money is owed King in accordance with a contractual agreement granted in the event that King lost the purse bid to be the primary promoter for Rahman's title bout.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | August 18, 2005
Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions, a surprise, late entry into the negotiations, out-bid archrival Don King yesterday for the right to stage the World Boxing Council heavyweight title bout between champion Vitali Klitschko and Baltimore native Hasim Rahman. The fight will be held in Las Vegas, "probably in November," Arum said. Top Rank president Todd duBoef acted on behalf of Arum, who is vacationing in Paris. DuBoef bid $12.1 million to King's $11 million. Klitschko's company, K2, bid $10.7 million, compared to $6.7 million for little-known Bob Hitz, duBoef said.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | January 29, 2005
Baltimore native Hasim Rahman's chance to become a two-time world heavyweight champion by defeating World Boxing Council title holder Vitali Klitschko will likely happen May 7 at New York's Madison Square Garden, promoter Don King and representatives of both fighters said yesterday. "I've talked to [Klitschko adviser] Shelly Finkel, and he told me that the Garden is available, so the fight will be there on May 7," King said from St. Louis, where he is promoting next weekend's welterweight title fight between undisputed champion Cory Spinks and Zab Judah.
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December 23, 2004
Jack Newfield,66, a muckraking reporter and newspaper columnist who wrote books on Robert F. Kennedy and boxing impresario Don King, died of cancer Monday night at a New York City hospital. Mr. Newfield's career included stints at the Village Voice, the Daily News and New York Post. He won numerous awards, including the George Polk Award and an Emmy. Most recently, he was a columnist at the New York Sun. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Newfield was drawn to the civil rights movement after college, and his first book, A Prophetic Minority, dealt with his experiences in the South.
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By Peter Schmuck and Lem Satterfield and Peter Schmuck and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2001
LAS VEGAS - Baltimore boxer Hasim Rahman had hoped to hit the jackpot with his title defense against Lennox Lewis on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Instead, he hit the canvas in the fourth round and now must figure out just how he's going to get up. Rahman needed stitches to close a cut over his left eye and a magnetic resonance imaging to make sure that the devastating right hand that cost him the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation heavyweight titles did not do any serious cranial damage.
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By Jay Searcy and Jay Searcy,Knight-Ridder | October 1, 1995
"Only in America: The Life and Crimes of Don King," by Jack Newfield. New York: William Morrow. 342 pages. $23 With his trademark electric hair and irresistible celebrity, the world has dismissed Don King as little more than a bright, self-promoting eccentric who dresses garishly, misquotes Shakespeare and jokes about his past as a one-time Cleveland bagman and convict.Now, thanks to four years of tenacious research and a masterful job of storytelling by Jack Newfield, a longtime boxing fan and New York Post politics columnist, we get to see another side of this remarkably resilient rascal, who has virtually dominated boxing for two decades.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2001
World heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman has signed for a November rematch with Lennox Lewis that is worth more than $10 million to the Baltimore boxer, Rahman's co-manager, Steve Nelson, said yesterday. Rahman, who earned the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation titles with a fifth-round knockout of Lewis on April 21, signed the deal Saturday night at the South Florida home of promoter Don King, Nelson said. "The fight will take place in Las Vegas on either Nov. 10 or Nov. 17, at either the Mandalay Bay, Caesars Palace or MGM Grand hotels," said Nelson.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2001
LAS VEGAS - Not two minutes after heavyweight boxing champion Hasim Rahman settled into his chair for a midweek gathering with the international print media, he found himself without a microphone and, it seemed, any reason to be in the room. Promoter Don King took over the tiny stage without a fight, leaving the champ looking slightly bemused and the assembled reporters - who had seen this act a few dozen times before - more than slightly irritated. It was vintage King. The P.T. Barnum of boxing is back in charge of the heavyweight division, and he doesn't care how many eardrums he has to rupture to proclaim it to the world.
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By Mike Preston | August 29, 2001
BOXING PROMOTER Don King was back in court again yesterday, but at least no one was suing him this time. Believe it or not, King was a judge of mock court proceedings in City Hall, where he was promoting the Nov. 17 rematch between World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman, of Baltimore, and former champion Lennox Lewis, of England. It's just as hard to believe that Rahman is still the champ. But unless he beats Lewis again, no one will ever take his reign seriously.
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