Don King (boxing promoter)

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Donald King (born August 20, 1931) is an American boxing promoter known for his involvement in historic boxing matchups.wikipedia
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Mike Tyson

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King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., Azumah Nelson, and Marco Antonio Barrera.
His marriage to Robin Givens was heading for divorce, and his future contract was being fought over by Don King and Bill Cayton.

Félix Trinidad

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King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., Azumah Nelson, and Marco Antonio Barrera.
Afterwards, tournament organizer Don King's exclusive relationship to stage fights for the cable channel Showtime meant that Trinidad would be showcased regularly on Showtime Championship Boxing.

John Adams High School (Ohio)

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King was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended school and graduated from John Adams High in 1951.

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Donald King (born August 20, 1931) is an American boxing promoter known for his involvement in historic boxing matchups.

Roy Jones Jr.

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King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., Azumah Nelson, and Marco Antonio Barrera.
He received 40% of the profits, which he had to share with promoter Don King.

Larry Holmes

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King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., Azumah Nelson, and Marco Antonio Barrera.
Promoter Don King offered Holmes $2.55 million to fight Page, but the champion didn't think that was enough.

George Foreman

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King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., Azumah Nelson, and Marco Antonio Barrera.
In 1995, The New York Times quoted Foreman as stating, "If he doesn't sign with Don King, we'll fight before the end of the year... I can't be bothered having trouble with Don King. Every contract has some complication."

Jim Rhodes

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In 1983 he was pardoned by Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes.
Rhodes also pardoned boxing promoter Don King for a non‐negligent manslaughter conviction of stomping one of his employees to death, and for the shooting a man in the back.

Gerald McClellan

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Known for his formidable punching power and one of the highest 1st-round-knockouts ratio in the history of boxing, McClellan was dubbed ‘a miniature Mike Tyson’ by his promoter Don King (Tyson himself, while being incarcerated, reportedly called McClellan ‘the best fighter in the world,’ ) The Ring magazine rated McClellan #27 on their list of "100 Greatest Punchers Of All Time".

Victory Tour (The Jacksons tour)

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Outside of boxing, he also managed The Jacksons' 1984 Victory Tour.
The Jacksons and promoter Don King did make money from the tour.

Joe Frazier

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King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., Azumah Nelson, and Marco Antonio Barrera.
According to the fight's promoter Don King, this enraged Frazier, who took it as a "character assassination" and "personal invective".

Marco Antonio Barrera

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King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., Azumah Nelson, and Marco Antonio Barrera.
Marco Antonio Barrera, at 35, ended his brief retirement and signed a five-year contract on August 26, 2008 with promoter Don King. He moved up to the lightweight division, his goal to become the first Mexican ever to win a title in 4 different weight divisions.

Lloyd Price

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King entered the boxing world after convincing Muhammad Ali to box in a charity exhibition for a local hospital in Cleveland with the help of singer Lloyd Price.
During the 1970s Price helped the boxing promoter Don King promote fights, including Muhammad Ali's "Rumble in the Jungle".

Tim Witherspoon

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Tim Witherspoon was threatened with being blackballed if he did not sign exclusive contracts with King and his stepson Carl.
In 1981, he participated in his first high-profile fight, knocking out future world cruiserweight champion Alfonzo Ratliff, after which he was signed by Don King.

Kent State University

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After dropping out of Kent State University, he ran an illegal bookmaking operation out of the basement of a record store on Kinsman Road, and was charged with killing two men in incidents 13 years apart.
It has produced a number of individuals in the entertainment industry including comedian and current Price is Right host Drew Carey, comedian and talk show host Arsenio Hall, Steve Harvey, actors John de Lancie, Michael Keaton, and Ray Wise, actresses Alaina Reed Hall and Alice Ripley, Phenomenon star Angela Funovits, boxing promoter Don King, 30 Rock producer Jeff Richmond, and That 70s Show creator Bonnie Turner.

The Jackson 5

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Outside of boxing, he also managed The Jacksons' 1984 Victory Tour.
In July 1984, the Jacksons launched their Victory Tour, which was overshadowed by Jackie's leg injury, ticket issues, friction between the brothers, and a shakeup in the promotion and marketing team, initially headed by Don King, who was later fired.

Earnie Shavers

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Holmes says he received only $150,000 of a contracted $500,000 for his fight with Ken Norton, and $50,000 of $200,000 for facing Earnie Shavers, and claims King cut his purses for bouts with Muhammad Ali, Randall "Tex" Cobb, and Leon Spinks, underpaying him $2 million, $700,000, and $250,000, respectively.
He began to rise through the ranks of the heavyweight division after he hired Cleveland-based promoter and ex-con Don King to be his manager.

Don King: Only in America

The film stars actor Ving Rhames as Don King and tells the story of King becoming a famous fight promoter and boxing manager.

Marion Correctional Institution (Ohio)

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He served his term at the Marion Correctional Institution, while there he began self-education, according to his own words, he read everything in the prison library he could put his hands on.
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Tyson (1995 film)

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Directed by Uli Edel, it stars Michael Jai White as Tyson alongside George C. Scott as Cus D'Amato and Paul Winfield as Don King.

Lennox Lewis

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In May 2003, King was sued by Lennox Lewis, who wanted $385 million from the promoter, claiming King used threats to pull Tyson away from a rematch with Lewis.
After Lewis defeated Holyfield the WBA ordered Lewis to defend the title against John Ruiz of Puerto Rico, who was then an obscure Don King fighter who had been made the WBA's number one-ranked contender.

Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney

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Holmes sued King over the accounting and auditing for the Gerry Cooney fight, charging that he was underpaid by $2 to $3 million.
By 1982, promoter Don King and manager Dennis Rappaport began one of the most massive and racially toned campaigns in boxing history to raise public interest for a fight between Holmes and Cooney.

Greg Page (boxer)

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For his fight with Greg Page he received a net amount of $44,460 from his guaranteed purse of $250,000.
Incensed over money troubles with promoter Don King, Page had gone on strike in the gym and arrived out of shape for the bout.

Terry Norris

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Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Aaron Pryor, Bernard Hopkins, Ricardo López, Félix Trinidad, Terry Norris, Carlos Zárate, Azumah Nelson, Andrew Gołota, Mike McCallum, Gerald McClellan, Meldrick Taylor, Marco Antonio Barrera, Tomasz Adamek, and Ricardo Mayorga are some of the boxers who chose King to promote many of their biggest fights.