Don King is Largely Absent from the Boxing Game Today
Starting with the Rumble in the Jungle in 1974, Don King began a march from small-time Cleveland street operator to boxing's top promoter. For a quarter century, Don King was the sport's major power broker, with Bob Arum and Top Rank running a clear second. Yet in recent years, King has slipped not just from the top spot, but to a point where the man with the bombastic personality, majestic plume of hair and scandalously greedy fingers is nowhere to be seen. Just what happened to Don King anyway?
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Don King is still active in the business today. Champions Cornelius Bundrage, Guillermo Jones and Tavoris Cloud can testify to that, as all three are promoted by Don King. Light welterweight contender Devon Alexander was in King's stable until late last year. Contrary to conventional wisdom, King is neither dead or retired.
"Semi-retired" is a more apt-d...