Promoter Lou DiBella is suing a junior-lightweight contender.
O’Shaquie Foster is being sued for an alleged breach of contract. The lawsuit claims that Foster and his manager, Keith Mills, have attempted to force their way out of a contract with DiBella Entertainment due to the COVID-19 pandemic while it was near-impossible to put on fights in the early going.
DiBella is seeking $500,000 in damages.
Here is what is said in the lawsuit (via BoxingScene.com).
“This lawsuit is a direct result of the improper and misguided efforts of an attorney (Rodney Drinnon) for a boxer to strong-arm the boxer’s promoter into releasing and foregoing its substantial investment in the boxer, after the promoter invested in excess of one hundred thousand dollars into the career of the boxer and deftly guided him to a No. 3 world rating.
“As a result of the promoter’s efforts, the boxer is now on the cusp of finally getting a hard-fought and well-lobbied for a world title shot, notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit the boxing industry particularly hard, especially when considering that to date, a live professional boxing event has not taken place in the State of New York since March 2020.”
Foster last competed back in November 2020. He defeated Miguel Roman via knockout. Foster is riding an eight-fight winning streak and is on the cusp of a championship opportunity. Time will tell if cooler heads prevail between his team and DiBella.