Don King Promoting Trevor Bryan Vs. Daniel Dubois At 90 Years Old

Even at 90 years old, promoter Don King is still putting on championship fights.

This time, it’s to promote Trevor Bryan’s WBA regular heavyweight title defense against Daniel Dubois this Saturday in Miami.

But before becoming a prominent figure in boxing – especially known for his big hair – King spent three years and 11 months in prison. He was convicted of second-degree murder for stomping a man to death outside of a bar.

The victim, Sam Garrett, owed King $600 for a gambling debt. Known as “Donald the Kid” in the 1960s, he ran an illegal booking operation in the east side of Cleveland.

In 1954, he shot and killed a man trying to rob one of his gambling houses. It was ruled a justifiable homicide, but King still spent jail time for it.

While in prison, King spent his days in the prison library. He was pardoned in 1983 by Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes, thanks to letters from Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King and more.

King made his debut into the boxing world after he convinced Muhammad Ali to box in a charity exhibition for a local hospital in Cleveland.

King had a partnership with local promoter Don Elbaum. Soon enough, he negotiated his way into promoting the heavyweight championship “Rumble in the Jungle” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

From there, King’s stock rose.

The Bryan vs Dubois main card will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.

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