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Boxing Promoter Settles on Test

October 24, 2000

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Boxing promoter Joseph DeGuardia will allow state authorities to supervise his boxing activities for a year after an employee was accused of withholding a boxer’s positive Hepatitis C test, New York’s Athletic Commission announced Tuesday.

The state commission said DeGuardia failed to adequately supervise match maker James Borzell.

Under a settlement, DeGuardia agreed to pay for the costs of the investigation, and a special commissioner to oversee his Bronx-based business, Star Boxing. That’s expected to cost more than $35,000.

Borzell was accused of intentionally withholding from the Commission that a boxer had tested positive for Hepatitis C before a May 11 show at Yonkers Raceway. A boxer who was originally scheduled to fight was injured and became unavailable five days before the event.

Under the agreement, DeGuardia, an attorney and former Assistant District Attorney, admitted no wrongdoing.

``I am no more responsible for the boxer having fought with a preliminary positive test than the Commission,″ DeGuardia said Tuesday evening. He said he settled the case to put the ``time and expense″ of the hearing behind him and to move forward.

Hearings against Borzell are continuing, the Commission said.

Earlier this month, former World Boxing Association light-heavyweight champion Louis Delvalle filed a $7 million lawsuit claiming that DeGuardia, his former manager, stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from him by accepting secret payoffs.

DeGuardia’s lawyer, Barry Berke, said at the time the promoter was confident that a review of those allegations ``will show they are without merit.″

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