Don King Seeks N.J. Fight License
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Don King wants to return to boxing in New Jersey and hopes to promote a bout between Evander Holyfield and Hasim Rahman in Atlantic City.
King received permission Wednesday from the state Casino Control Commission to apply for a casino service industry license, which would allow him to work with casinos.
He still must file the application and obtain the license, but in the meantime he is permitted to do business with casinos.
His lawyer told the panel King would like to stage the fight in Atlantic City in June. No date has been set, but talks are continuing with potential site promoters and TV operators, lawyer Mark Sandson told the commission.
King was barred from doing business with casinos in 1994 while he was under a wire fraud indictment. He has not staged a bout in Atlantic City since 1998.
He was in the process of obtaining a casino service industry license last year when he suddenly withdrew the application, saying he didn’t need one because there were no fights on the horizon.
That has changed with the reopening of Boardwalk Hall, the Depression-era landmark that held dozens of matches but was closed for two years for a $90 million renovation project.
``There are opportunities now in the boxing world to stage major heavyweight bouts in Atlantic City,″ he said.
King did not attend the meeting, and he could not be reached for comment afterward. Neither King nor Don King Productions lawyer Charles Lomax returned telephone messages.
``It’s good for New Jersey,″ boxing commissioner Larry Hazzard said. ``Don King is the greatest promoter in the world and when you have someone of that caliber promoting in your state, it puts you in the big-time boxing realm. We’ve been there but we’ve had some setbacks.″