Former heavyweight titlist Herbie Hide lost a libel suit to promoter Frank Warren, and now owes Warren a sum of £35,000. Hide, who is still fighting regularly but not at his old level, was not present for the proceedings whatsoever.
The action stemmed from a TV interview given by the Norwich boxer in 2008.
Mr Warren told a judge in London Mr Hide had made an "outrageous" allegation that "I am manipulating and bribing people to give up titles".
Hide beat Michael Bentt for the WBO heavyweight title back in March 1994, ending Bentt's short reign after the London native stunned Tommy Morrisson for the title with a first round TKO in October 1993. Hide defended a year later for the first time and lost the belt to Riddick Bowe via sixth round KO.
Hide (48-4, 43 KO) has also been stopped by Vitali Klitschko, Joseph Chingangu, and Mindaugus Kulikauskus, who entered his fight with Hide in 2004 with a 3-6-2 record. Kulikauskus' win was on a cut stoppage caused by a clash of heads.
Hide has fought twice this year, winning both times.
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