Ten of fighters in the suspended U.S. Boxing Championship are owned, managed or otherwise connected to promoter Don King, his sons or the three consultants King dismissed recently and reinstated Friday.
The consultants are Paddy Flood, Gordon Peterson and Al Braveman, who claims the tournament's problems are the result of a war between ABC, which put up the money for the championships, and CBS.
"They're the culprits," said Braveman, who also charged Madison Square Garden and its matchmaker, Teddy Brenner, with provoking many of the charges against the tourney.
"It all comes down from Brenner and the Garden hating King and me," said Braveman. "I flattened Brenner back in 1955 when he was matchmaker at Eastern Parkway and he never forgave me."
Braveman said he was co-manager of tournament heavyweight Dino Dennis (and got 15 per cent of his purse), and an agent for heavyweights Kevin Isaccs (12 1/2 per cent) and Scott le Doux (10 per cent).Each fighter received a $15,000 purse.
King engaged Flood and Braveman as consultants to his promotional firm at $20,000 each for the tournament, but suspended both pending investigations. Peterson was involved in publizing the tournament.
Flood said he was the manager of four boxers in the tournament. He said he has collected about $10,000 of his $20,000 consultant fee.
Flood noted that he has been the manager of light-heavyweight Bobby Cassidy for about seven years: light-heavyweight Walter J. Elson for five years: featherweight Walter Seeley six years, and lightweight Edwin Viruct for about a year.
Purses were specified for the various classes in the tournament and Flood said he got about one-third of the purses of Cassidy ($15,000), Elson ($15,000), Seeley ($10,000), and Viruet ($10,000).
Flood said he is an advisor to heavyweight Johnny Bourdreaux, who was awarded the controversial decision over LeDoux at Annapolis that touched off the first charges that the tourney was rigged.
Flood said he borrowed money to buy Viruet from the "Sportsville" corporation owned by King's son, Don.
King said Sportsville also owns tournament heavyweight Larry Holmes (managed by Richie Giachetti).
King added that the Windsor corporation - headed by his son Eric - owns tournament heavyweight Stan Ward (managed by Jerry Jacobs).
Promoter King once was the manager of record for Holmes in a contract in the New York State Athletic Commission, with an expiration date of Aug. 13, 1977.
But in a letter to the commission dated June 13, 1975, King notified that body that he was giving up managerial rights to Holmes and three other boxers. Earnie Shavers, Jeff Merritt, and Ray Anderson.
Under New York regulations King was not permitted to manage boxers once he became a promoter; nor can employees of a promotional firm.
Although none of the tournament bouts were conducted in New York state, the regulation raises a technical question because several states have the same code.