WBC Women's Champion Martin Files Lawsuit Against Promoter

Dec 10, 2002, 00:00 ET from Cox, Hodgman & Giarmarco, P.C.

    DETROIT, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- WBC Women's "Pound for Pound" Boxing
 Champion Christy Martin has today filed a civil action in United States
 District Court in Detroit, Michigan against erstwhile boxing promoter Peter
 Klamka of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The case arises from the failure by Klamka and
 his affiliated company, Revolution Fighting, to pay Martin her purse from
 Martin's WBC pay-per-view title fight against Mia St. John last Friday,
 December 6, 2002, at the Pontiac Silverdome.  (Martin won the bout in a ten-
 round decision).
     Martin's attorney, Michael Novak of the Troy, Michigan based law firm of
 Cox, Hodgman & Giarmarco, P.C. states that:
     "This is a classic case of a novice promoter attempting to gain entry into
 the boxing business at the expense of a talented veteran.  Christy signed a
 binding contract, trained hard, traveled to Michigan, fought her heart out ...
 she did everything she was supposed to do ... and this man did not pay her one
 cent.  It is shameful.  We will pursue every legal avenue available to recover
 the entire $300,000.00 purse she earned, plus all collection expenses."
     Novak further adds that:
     "Unfortunately, the State of Michigan is in the minority of jurisdictions
 that do not require fight promoters to post performance bonds to protect
 fighters and pay purses.  This neglectful environment leads to situations such
 as Christy's case, where boxers are wrongfully abused outside of the ring."
     The case, filed today, December 10, 2002, has been assigned to United
 States District Judge Gerald E. Rosen.
 
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    DETROIT, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- WBC Women's "Pound for Pound" Boxing
 Champion Christy Martin has today filed a civil action in United States
 District Court in Detroit, Michigan against erstwhile boxing promoter Peter
 Klamka of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The case arises from the failure by Klamka and
 his affiliated company, Revolution Fighting, to pay Martin her purse from
 Martin's WBC pay-per-view title fight against Mia St. John last Friday,
 December 6, 2002, at the Pontiac Silverdome.  (Martin won the bout in a ten-
 round decision).
     Martin's attorney, Michael Novak of the Troy, Michigan based law firm of
 Cox, Hodgman & Giarmarco, P.C. states that:
     "This is a classic case of a novice promoter attempting to gain entry into
 the boxing business at the expense of a talented veteran.  Christy signed a
 binding contract, trained hard, traveled to Michigan, fought her heart out ...
 she did everything she was supposed to do ... and this man did not pay her one
 cent.  It is shameful.  We will pursue every legal avenue available to recover
 the entire $300,000.00 purse she earned, plus all collection expenses."
     Novak further adds that:
     "Unfortunately, the State of Michigan is in the minority of jurisdictions
 that do not require fight promoters to post performance bonds to protect
 fighters and pay purses.  This neglectful environment leads to situations such
 as Christy's case, where boxers are wrongfully abused outside of the ring."
     The case, filed today, December 10, 2002, has been assigned to United
 States District Judge Gerald E. Rosen.
 
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