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Don King is a successful American boxing promoter, who launched the career of many legendary boxers

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 20, 1931
NationalityAmerican
FamousBlack Republicans, College Dropouts, Sportspersons
SpousesHenrietta King (m. 1959–2010)
Known asDonald King
Childrens Carl, Debbie, Eric
Universities
  • Kent State University
Birth PlaceCleveland, Ohio, USA
Height188cm
GenderMale
FatherClarence King
MotherHattie King
Net Worth$250 million as of Jun 3,2017
Sun SignLeo
Born inCleveland, Ohio, USA

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Who is Don King?

With an outrageous and rather odd hairdo and flamboyant mannerism, no other man has managed to make a fortune out of promoting boxers as much as Don King. His life is one that shocks or rather jolts the day light out of many, for King’s eerie past activities which include manslaughter, street crime and jail sentence. He began his career in illegal bookmaking and soon ventured into boxing promotion. He became one of the most successful boxing promoters, promoting some of the most successful boxers like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr. and Marco Antonio Barrera among many others. His career accomplishments include the promotion of the most famous and legendary boxing fights, ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ and the ‘Thrilla in Manila’, both of which launched his career. After this, his career took off and he went on to promote over 500 championship fights. However, a great number of boxers that he promoted accused him of fraudulent and mishandling of funds, including boxers like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson.

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Childhood & Early Life

Donald ‘Don’ King was born to Clarence King and Hattie in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended the Kent State University for a brief period time, after which he dropped out of the same.

He began operating an illegal bookmaking operation and was later charged for the murder of two men, for which he served a jail term but was later granted pardon.

Career

In 1974, he began his first venture as a boxing promoter with the legendary and historic boxing event, ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’, which took place between Muhammad Ali and Heavyweight champion George Foreman.

In 1975, he promoted the boxing match, ‘Thrilla in Manila’, which took place between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in Quezon City, Philippines. This was the third match between the two boxers.

In the 1970s he progressed as a boxing promoter and soon became one of the most successful promoters. By this time he had promoted fighters like Wilfred Ben�tez, Wilfredo G�mez and Larry Holmes.

In 1982, he was sued by Muhammad Ali for fraudulent handling of funds and underpaying the latter a sum of $1.1 million. He, however, ended the lawsuit by paying Ali a sum of $50,000 in cash.

In 1984, he managed ‘The Victory Tour’ of Michael Jackson and his brothers - ‘The Jacksons’.

In 1992, he was questioned by The Senate for his connection with organised crime and links with mobster John Gotti. He pleaded being not guilty and denied having any connections.

He was sued by Larry Holmes for mishandling of funds and accounting and auditing manipulation. He later made a settlement with the latter for a sum of $150,000.

In 1996, boxer Terry Wayne Norris accused him of not paying the amount that Wayne was entitled to and also accused him of stealing money. The dispute was settled out of court for a sum of $7.5 million.

He was sued by boxer Tim Witherspoon, who accused him of forcing him to sign contracts, including a blank contract and mishandling of funds. The dispute was later settled out of the court for a sum of $1 million.

In 1998, he became the owner of a weekly newspaper that was based in Cleveland. The main objective of the paper was to serve the African-American community.

He was sued by Mike Tyson for a sum of $100 million for cheating him with respect to funds for over a decade. The case, however, was settled out of court and he paid Tyson, a sum of $14 million.

In 2006, he was sued by boxer Chris Cornelius Byrd, who accused him of breach of contract. The case was settled out of court, after he made an agreement to release Byrd’s contract.

Awards & Achievements

In 1997, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

In 2008, he was inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1959, he married Henrietta with whom he had three children. His wife died in the year 2010. He has five grandchildren.

Trivia

According to a magazine, this American boxing promoter was arrested over 35 times on charges that ranged from running red light districts to manslaughter.

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Don King biography timelines

  • // 20th Aug 1931
    Donald ‘Don’ King was born to Clarence King and Hattie in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended the Kent State University for a brief period time, after which he dropped out of the same.
  • // 1959 To 2010
    In 1959, he married Henrietta with whom he had three children. His wife died in the year 2010. He has five grandchildren.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, he began his first venture as a boxing promoter with the legendary and historic boxing event, ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’, which took place between Muhammad Ali and Heavyweight champion George Foreman.
  • // 1975
    In 1975, he promoted the boxing match, ‘Thrilla in Manila’, which took place between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in Quezon City, Philippines. This was the third match between the two boxers.
  • // 1982
    In 1982, he was sued by Muhammad Ali for fraudulent handling of funds and underpaying the latter a sum of $1.1 million. He, however, ended the lawsuit by paying Ali a sum of $50,000 in cash.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he was questioned by The Senate for his connection with organised crime and links with mobster John Gotti. He pleaded being not guilty and denied having any connections.
  • // 1994
    In 1984, he managed ‘The Victory Tour’ of Michael Jackson and his brothers - ‘The Jacksons’.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, boxer Terry Wayne Norris accused him of not paying the amount that Wayne was entitled to and also accused him of stealing money. The dispute was settled out of court for a sum of $7.5 million.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he became the owner of a weekly newspaper that was based in Cleveland. The main objective of the paper was to serve the African-American community.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he was sued by boxer Chris Cornelius Byrd, who accused him of breach of contract. The case was settled out of court, after he made an agreement to release Byrd’s contract.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he was inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame.

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Don King's FAQ

  • What is Don King birthday?

    Don King was born at 1931-08-20

  • Where is Don King's birth place?

    Don King was born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

  • What is Don King nationalities?

    Don King's nationalities is American

  • Who is Don King spouses?

    Don King's spouses is Henrietta King (m. 1959–2010)

  • Who is Don King childrens?

    Don King's childrens is Carl, Debbie, Eric

  • What was Don King universities?

    Don King studied at Kent State University

  • How tall is Don King?

    Don King's height is 188

  • Who is Don King's father?

    Don King's father is Clarence King

  • Who is Don King's mother?

    Don King's mother is Hattie King

  • What is Don King's sun sign?

    Don King is Leo