A Houston Boxer said yesterday he paid "a lot more than 10 per cent" of his purse to compete this month in the U.S. Boxing Championships tournament.
Featherweight Kenny Weldon, in a telephone interview with The Washington Post, said he paid George Kanter, a New York city fight manager and representative, so he could fight in the ABC-televised tournament March 6, in Merion, Ohio. Weldon added that the charge was detailed in an affidavit to ABC.
Weldon, who lost his fight to Reuben Castillo, reportedly was paid a purse of about $5,000.
Kenter said he could not comment on the situation for a few days.
The latest controversy involving the tournament came to light after a dallas fight manager, Doug Lord, informed ABC officials about the incident after hearing the story form Weldon.
In the second phase of the tournament, held in Annapolis, Feb. 13, heavyweight Scott LeDoux said on ABC television that tournament promoter Don King controlled some of the participants through his employees.
LeDoux also charged officials were biased after he lost a controversial decision to Johnny Boudreaux.
LeDoux still faces a hearing by the Maryland State Athletic Commission because he punched and kicked Boudreaux and other after the bout.
Harland Haas of Houston, who represented Weldon in the transaction, said he was satisfied with the arrangement with kanter. "This whole thing as been blown out off proportion," Haas said. "The figher made four times more than he ever had in his career. I couldn't see anything wrong."
Weldon said he told ABC, he would not talk unless he was given assurance s that a boxer managed by Weldon would not be dropped from the tournament.
Weldon, who perates a program for amateurs in Houston, said the pro hie is managing, lightweight Jerry Kornele is scheduled to compete in the tournament at Lackland AFB, near San Antonio.
"He (Kornele) got in the tournament because I took a cut to get in," Weldon said.
"I ruined my career," Weldon added. "I probably won't get another fight. I love boxing, but I can kiss my career goodbye. I waited a year and a half to get a bout and then I drew the toughest fighter in my weight class."
"If I'm happy with what I got paid and the people around me are happy, what's the big fuss? "I just made a mistake telling Lord about how much I paid to Kanter.
"I don't want kids to get the treatment I did. I didn't get done in by anybody; I just ave some people too much slack. You have to get someone out of Texas to get a bout, a middleman. "If not, you're dead.
"I've never complained about Kanter or the tournament. The tournament means great exposure for boxing. Money is a different story."
ABC issued a statement, which did not disclose the identity of the figures involved, citing James A. Farley Jr., chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission as reporting "an allegation that a figher had to pay a part of his purse to all individual who the fighter claims was incorrectly listed as his manager."
Weldon said he was not under contract to anyone. "I never talked to him (Kanter), never met him till the bout in Ohio.
He us a decent man. He books fighters overseas and all around. He might have gotten a little greedy, but that is not to say he is not good for boxing.
"ABC doesn't want to be blamed, but it is as much to blame as anyone for not finding out what is being paid. At least, they are trying to give boxing good exposure.
"Maybe Don King is to blame for the way he set up the tournament."