Frank Warren says Ricky Burns breached their contractual agreement. Ricky Burns testified in the High Court of London that he left his agreement with Warren's company because of unpaid purse money. To that claim, Warren responds, "He got tapped up. That's the bottom line. Behind the scenes he got tapped up by another promoter. That's what this is all about and it's very disappointing."
I can't say I'm familiar with the term "tapped up," but given the context I'm presuming some sort of allegation of tortious interference or tampering. With that said, Warren is looking to recoup money he claims he lost when Burns signed with Eddie Hearn last year. Once Burns signed an exclusive deal with Hearn and hired Alex Morrison as his sole manager, Frank Warren claimed the moves breached their previously established contractual agreement, claiming he already had exclusive promotional and co-managing rights for Burns' next three fights. Thus he is alleging 90k pounds in unpaid manager's commission and 1.8M pounds in lost income.
About his personal feelings towards Burns, Warren said, "Up until this litigation, I quite liked him. Now I am very disappointed. Very, very disappointed."
The litigation is still in the hearing phase, which is expected to last the next few days, but doesn't seem to affect Burn's ability to return to the ring.