Don King Faces Heavy Criticism After Promoting a Fight in Miami

Published 06/12/2022, 7:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – January 18: MANDATORY CREDIT Bill Tompkins/Getty Images Don King gives interviews on January 18, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

Boxing’s greatest showman, Don King, has an undying passion for the sport. The most entertaining promoter of all times gets a special kick when he promotes any boxing event. In his 90s, when everything slowed down for the charismatic figure of boxing, it was the sport that persuaded him to prolong more years with energy.

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Recently, the iconic promoter took up probably the last job of his life in a storm-damaged Miami. He himself went to sell a fight, which he has been doing with excellence for 50 years. King attended a ceremony on Saturday in Miami to promote a heavyweight clash between WBA title holder Trevor Bryan and the challenger Daniel Dubois.

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However, the event did not live up to the expectations, which brought heavy criticism to the renowned promoter.

The picture of the event circulated on the social media platform displayed the vacant seats were more in numbers than the filled ones while the event was being promoted. Though it is not a huge issue, it happens. But when the event is headed by a man like Don King, then expectations are certainly high.

Highlights of Don King in Miami for an event

Ariel Helwani, the sports journalist, shared a picture of the event on Twitter. He wrote, “This was the crowd right before the main event for the Don King event in Maimi. Dubois deserves better than this.” 

In another tweet he wrote, “And yes, it was a Don King event. Still a thing in 2022!”

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These events did not define the aura of the legendary promoter. King was the man who took boxing to its pinnacle by shaping the career of global icons like Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali. As of now, it’s his will to carry on with the things of his interest in the fading days of his career.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – JULY 21: Mike Tyson and Don King celebrates after Tyson defeated Carl Williams for the WBA, WBC and IBF heavyweight tittles on July 21, 1989 at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tyson won the fight with a knock out in the first round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

In his entire promoting business, King remained in the news for achievements and controversies. He made friends and enemies with equal energy. His impact on the sport is paramount and his legacy will live on in the world of boxing for a long time to come.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Following the completion of his training as an amateur boxer, he is currently preparing to appear for trials at the state and national levels. With over 3 years of experience in playing the sport, Abhishek is also the holder of a Bachelor's in Arts degree from the University of Delhi.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale

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