London Promoter Wins Libel Suit Against Ex-Boxing Champ Hide

August 4, 2009

Former world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide has been ordered to pay $57,720 in libel damages to boxing promoter Frank Warren by London’s High Court.

In a television interview in July 2008, Hide claimed that Warren had bribed Johnny Nelson to retire and give up his WBO cruiserweight title so that Enzo Maccarinelli, a boxer Warren promoted, would gain it without having to fight him.

Hide was found guilty at an earlier court hearing. At Monday’s proceedings, Judge Patrick Moloney determined the amount.

Moloney also granted an injunction preventing Hide from repeating the libel. The boxer took no part in the proceedings.

Hide twice held the WBO heavyweight title, most recently in 1999.

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