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Don King’s January 29th show loses main and co-main events

King insists the event will still happen

WBA World Championship Heavyweight - Charr vs. Ustinov Photo by Guido Kirchner/picture alliance via Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

To the surprise of nobody, Don King’s impending show this coming Friday is a complete sh*tshow. Dan Rafael reports that both the main event, Mahmoud Charr vs Trevor Bryan, and the co-main between Beibut Shumenov and Raphael Murphy are off. King previously bid a staggering $2,000,000 for the right to stage Charr-Bryan, and Rafael claims that King never signed the contract in order to avoid paying out.

Per BoxRec, Bermane Stiverne will take Charr’s place against Bryan, whose WBA interim heavyweight title is potentially the most bogus one ever offered by the thoroughly grotesque sanctioning body. Stiverne is 42 years old and hasn’t won a fight in five years.

Christopher Lovejoy is out as well; according to Rafael, King “never bothered to contact” him after announcing his presence on the card. This marks the second time in the past 12 months that King has screwed Lovejoy over for no apparent reason, having previously torpedoed a clash with Dave Allen.

King and the WBA deserve each other.

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