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Boxer Settles With Ex-Manager

August 23, 1999

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Boxer Johnny Tapia has settled a financial dispute with his former manager for $73,310, avoiding a trial that had been scheduled to begin Tuesday.

The question was whether a 1995 court settlement that ended Tapia’s 10-year relationship with manager Paul Chavez was binding. The new settlement upholds the old settlement.

In 1995, Tapia had agreed to pay Chavez a percentage of his future boxing purses up to $410,000 as a means of ending their professional relationship.

The $73,310 represents the final installment.

Tapia’s lawyers had contended the 1995 deal was voided by the fact that Tapia signed under duress _ at a time when he feared a possible prison term for alleged assault with a deadly weapon against his wife. His lawyers also contended the agreement was reached by mistake.

But Chavez’s lawyer, Bryan Query, said it wasn’t the kind of mistake that would let Tapia off the hook.

Chavez earned the money, Query said Monday.

``He’s entitled to it, and now he can enjoy the fruits of his labor,″ Query said.

A message seeking comment was left for Tapia through the office of his attorney, Michael Mozes, who also was not immediately available for comment, according to Mozes’ secretary.

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