George E. Kanter of Riverdale, N.Y., a booking agent for boxers, said yesterday of a $100,000 suit filed against him by featherweight Kenny Weldon of Houston, "I definitely want to go to court, I invited the suit."
Thursday, Weldon charged Kanter and Harland Haas of Houston with conspiring to defraud him of $2,500 of his $7,500 purse from the U.S. Boxing Championships. Weldon said he engaged Haas as his representative in the tournament, and Haas brought Kanter into the transaction.
Weldon said Kanter requested another $2,500 to get Jerry Kornele, who Weldon said was managed by his wife, into the tournament. But Kanter gave up his cut from Kornele when Weldon's case was publicized.
"I am guilty of no wrongdoing," Kanter said. "I acted as Weldon's manager through a third person (Haas). There might have been a misunderstanding, but no wrongdoing.
"I had the same arrangement with Kornele until I was told Kornele had a manager. I don't steal fighters from other managers. I withdrew my rights from Kornele and then I checked with the boxing commission at Austin, Tex., and found out that Kornele did not have a manager.
"But I gave up $2,500 coming to me from Kornele. Weldon was not listed as having a manager either. I acted as his manager."
James A. Farley Jr., tournament chairman, previously said Kanter agreed to repay Weldon. When he did not, Farley, who also is chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, said he could do nothing about it because Kanter is not licensed as a manager in that state.
Weldon is suing Kanter for $100,000 in punitive damages. Kanter said, "I'm flattered that he thinks I make that kind of money."
Promoter Don King has offered a public apology to Nat Loubet for remarks about Ring magazine two weeks ago when the U.S. Boxing Championships were suspended by the American Broadcasting Company pending an investigation.
"The main reason being that Ring magazine and Ring record book were in accurate regarding the keeping of fighters' records." King said, "I made some thoughtless and regrettable statements about Loubet . . . and they sounded as though I was impugning the personal honesty of publisher Loubet and his methods of keeping files.
"Such was not my intent . . . I now admit that I did Nat and Ring a great disservice . . . if errors were committed, they were unintentional."