The Smoking Gun posts documents on the Rev. Al Sharpton's work as FBI informant

The Smoking Gun posts documents on the Rev. Al Sharpton's work as FBI informant

NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) -- The Smoking Gun website has posted documents on Sharpton's work as an FBI agent in the 1980s while he was a controversial New York civil rights leader.
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Don King's request to rename street after late wife denied

Don King's request to rename street after late wife denied

ASHTABULA, Ohio, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Chub Road in Windsor Township, Ohio, will not be renamed after the late wife of boxing promoter Don King, a resident of the street, township trustees said.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.
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Don King's turkey truck 'hijacked'

Don King's turkey truck 'hijacked'

MIAMI, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A spokesman said boxing promoter Don King is canceling his annual turkey giveaway in Florida because the truck carrying the poultry was "hijacked."

Ali attends Joe Frazier's funeral

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Former two-time heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier was remembered at a Philadelphia funeral Monday attended by his greatest opponent, Muhammad Ali.
Boxing promoter's wife dies in Florida

Boxing promoter's wife dies in Florida

BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The wife of boxing promoter Don King has died at a hospice in Florida, the famed promoter's spokesman said.
Don King loses round over Fla. development

Don King loses round over Fla. development

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A Florida judge ordered boxing promoter Don King to pay $500,000 after losing a legal bout with his partner in a real estate deal, officials said.
Don King attends Fla. court hearing

Don King attends Fla. court hearing

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Boxing promoter Don King says he's owed $1 million from a company that had proposed to redevelop his Mangonia Park, Fla., property.

Road kill song winner at MerleFest

NASHVILLE, May 4 (UPI) -- A song about "road kill" walked away with top honors at the bluegrass festival, MerleFest, in North Carolina.

King eyes Florida casinos for fights

MIAMI, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Boxing promoter Don King says he is setting his sights on big-name fights staged at Broward County casinos in Florida patterned after Las Vegas.

King sues, claiming contract breach

NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Boxing promoter Don King has filed a $4 million federal lawsuit in New York against heavyweight champion Chris Byrd over a contract dispute. The petition filed on behalf of Don King Productions accused Byrd, the International Boxing Federation heavyweight

Klitschko retirement makes Rahman champion

JUAREZ, Mexico, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The World Boxing Council announced Thursday Hasim Rahman is the next world heavyweight champion with the retirement of Vitali Klitschko. A lawyer for Don King said the boxing promoter plans to sue Klitchsko, alleging that the Ukrainian's claims of injury

New York Friars roast Don King

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The New York Hilton resonated with laughter and language blue enough to make hair stand up as the Friars Club roasted boxing promoter Don King.

Trump tapped as Friar's roast host

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Donald Trump has been tapped as host of the Friar's Club Celebrity Roast of boxing promoter Don King at New York's Hilton Hotel.
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Don King
NYP2000012106 - 21 JANUARY 2000 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Boxing promoter Don King and actor Rosie Greer pose for the press, January 21, at the Allstar Cafe, in New York City, before Don King announced the Felix Trinidad and David Reid boxing match to be held on March 23 at Ceasars Palace. jr/hrc/Hayden Roger Celestin UPI

Donald "Don" King (born August 20, 1931) is an American boxing promoter particularly known for his hairstyle and flamboyant personality. His career highlights include promoting "The Rumble in the Jungle" and the "Thrilla in Manila", as well as orchestrating the ascent of Mike Tyson. King has promoted some of the most prominent names in boxing, including Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Andrew Golota, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr. and Marco Antonio Barrera.

Don King was born in Cleveland, Ohio. After dropping out of Kent State University, he ran an illegal bookmaking operation, and was charged for killing two men in separate incidents 13 years apart. The first was determined to be justifiable homicide after it was found that King shot Hillary Brown in the back and killed him while he was attempting to rob one of King's gambling houses. King was convicted of second degree murder for the second killing in 1966 after he was found guilty of stomping to death an employee, Sam Garrett, who owed him $600. In an ex parte meeting with King's attorney, the judge reduced King's conviction to nonnegligent manslaughter for which King served just under four years in prison. King was later pardoned for the crime in 1983 by Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes, with letters from Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, George Voinovich, Art Modell, Gabe Paul, among others, being written in support of King.

King entered the boxing world after convincing Muhammad Ali to box in a charity exhibition for a local hospital in Cleveland with the help of singer Lloyd Price. Early on he formed a partnership with a local promoter named Don Elbaum, who already had a stable of fighters in Cleveland and years of experience in boxing. In 1974, King negotiated to promote a heavyweight championship fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire, popularly known as "The Rumble in the Jungle". The fight between Ali and Foreman was a much-anticipated event. King's rivals all sought to promote the bout, but King was able to secure the then-record $10 million purse through an arrangement with the Zaire government.

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