David Benavidez gives $250,000 bonus back to Top Rank, returns to Sampson


Tremendous middleweight world titlist David Benavidez has had a change of coronary heart.

Two weeks in the past, Benavidez signed with Bob Arum’s High Rank and accepted a $250,000 signing bonus. However on Monday, he gave the cash again to High Rank and returned to the promoter he threw overboard, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing.

When Benavidez made the transfer, Lewkowicz, who claimed he nonetheless had Benavidez underneath contract by 2021 after signing him to an extension in November, was incensed. He sued High Rank, Arum and Billy Keane, who brokered the cope with High Rank, for interfering along with his settlement.

Arum advised ESPN that Benavidez advised him that he needed to stay with Lewkowicz, and when he returned the bonus cash he let him go and not using a combat.

“He returned the money, a cashier’s check, with a nice letter saying he wanted to stay with Sampson, so we decided to honor the request even though he signed with us and we wished him good luck,” Arum stated. “The only reason we signed him is because he came up to the office and he said [Lewkowicz and adviser Al Haymon] were doing bad by him and he wanted to sign with us. He said they had breached the contract and he wanted to come with us. He changed his mind. We said fine and he sent us back the $250,000.”

The Los Angeles Occasions first reported the information.

High Rank has promoted welterweight contender Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-Zero, 18 KOs), David’s older brother, for his whole eight-year profession however handed on signing David when he turned professional in 2013. Lewkowicz signed him and guided him to changing into, at age 20, the youngest tremendous middleweight world titleholder in boxing historical past when he survived a 12th-round knockdown and received a cut up resolution over Ronald Gavril to assert a vacant 168-pound belt in September.

In his first protection, Benavidez (20-Zero, 17 KOs), of Phoenix, simply outpointed Gavril in a rematch on Feb. 17, and he was presupposed to make his second protection towards former middleweight title challenger Matt Korobov on Showtime on July 28 at Staples Heart in Los Angeles on the undercard of the light-weight title unification combat within the strategy of being finalized between Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter Jr.

That date is now misplaced and Lewkowicz stated Benavidez, 21, would return in September to make a compulsory protection towards former world titleholder Anthony Dirrell (32-1-1, 24 KOs), 33, of Flint, Michigan.

“Look, I say always that he would come home,” Lewkowicz advised ESPN. “He’s younger man who was with no expertise, solely 21. He was misled by Billy Keane. This Billy Keane tried the identical factor with [former middleweight champion] Sergio Martinez a number of years in the past, however Sergio had extra expertise and he understood the bull—- of a con man like Keane. He took David to High Rank, he advised him that he would make some huge cash, get $250,000 and so they make him extra well-known. He advised him that I might nonetheless be concerned as his co-promoter, and that was a lie. Keane misled Bob Arum, High Rank and the entire Benavidez household.

“David known as me and he apologized, and my legal professionals will drop the lawsuit this week. However Billy Keane misled everybody. I’ll sue him individually and I’ll train him a lesson to not steal anymore.”

Keane couldn’t be reached for remark.

Arum stated it wasn’t price a combat to attempt to maintain Benavidez on the threat of a protracted lawsuit when the fighter stated he made a mistake.

“At this stage, significantly carrying the ESPN banner with our deal, we’re not going resort to litigation when we do not have to,” Arum said. “We’re not going to bully a child. He stated he made a mistake when he signed with us. You let him go. We do not want an sad child. David, from what I do know, is a beautiful child. He is slightly confused however a beautiful child. He isn’t a smart man. He is a pleasant younger man who stated he made a mistake. OK. We’re not going to carry something towards him. He determined to stick with Sampson and I do not want the trouble. I do not maintain something towards the child.”

Lewkowicz stated Arum had beforehand supplied him seven figures to deliver him in as a co-promoter, however he turned it down solely to have Benavidez out of the blue signal with High Rank.

“I turned it down as a result of I imagine that lastly after 10 years of my firm — I gave up Sergio Martinez for a few years to Lou DiBella, I quit Manny Pacquiao and Javier Castillejo. I quit Lucas Matthysse to Golden Boy and I end [with] empty palms,” he said. “Now that I’ve my very own firm and I discover a celebrity in David Benavidez why ought to I give him away? I’m not a poor man. Seven figures would not blind my eyes.

“Now I hope our relationship between Top Rank and Sampson Boxing will work as well as it did before. I have the most respect for Bob Arum.”

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