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Mike Tyson slapped with lawsuit for bailing on Triller, booking alternate fight – MMA Root

Mike Tyson made his boxing return last November against fellow boxer Roy Jones Jr., a pay-per-view (PPV) exhibition fight that resurrected the “Iron” brand and placed Tyson in a favorable position to continue his career a once closed in the “sweet science”.

A career he planned to continue without Triller.

“To be clear, there is no Tyson fight with Triller,” Tyson said in a statement earlier this year. “I don’t personally know any Triller executive. I don’t have a deal with Triller or any CEO to represent them for the next event. “

“I am a member of Legends Only League and my next event is with my league. I will never do another event or any business with Triller, so no one will misrepresent that they own the rights to my name or my next event is not true. I am not and will never be with Triller’s Fight Club. “

Unfortunately for Nintendo’s video game icon, Triller absorbed all the risk of his return to boxing and is subsequently entitled to all the rewards. That’s why Tyson now faces a pending lawsuit from Triller boss Ryan Kavanaugh, who will likely sue for performance if Tyson tries to box for another promoter.

Or even himself.

“It is unquestionable that we have a contractual right to his next fight, including but not limited to Evander,” wrote Kavanaugh in a letter to Tyson, obtained by The athletic. “Spending over $ 30 million on his first fight while being told it was a crazy risk that no one would take was just because and for this right to a Tyson-Holyfield fight. We also entered into an agreement directly with Evander. “

The plan was to bring former opponent Evander Holyfield back into the ring, as requested, and establish a future trilogy between the pair. Their last meeting ended in a bizarre disqualification loss on “The Real Deal” in June 1997.

Triller also sent bank receipts to prove that Tyson was paid $ 25 million for his fight with Roy Jones Jr., before asking “Iron” to verify with his financial handlers the accounting for the missing money. Either way, it is unlikely that we will have another fight with Tyson until this mess is resolved.

Stay tuned.

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