Fyi...remember to click the black bar above the image in order to enlarge each picture.LEON JACKS KING; BOSTICK PAYS THE PRICE
In early July of 2005, I was informed by leon that he would be taking a trip to Florida to meet with one Bobby Bostick in order to help him finalize a deal that would ultimately get Cory Spinks, who had just lost his welterweight titles to Zab Judah, signed to a promotional contract. When I asked him what he had to do with it, he told me that because of his relationship with Spinks and his manager/trainer Cunningham, he already knew the particulars of their contract with King and he knew exactly the amount of money, in particular the up front signing bonus money, they were looking to secure in order to walk and sign with a new promoter. Now, I can't really remember all the details regarding how he first got involved with Bostick, but the point is, he knew Bostick and how much he was looking to spend and he knew Spinks/Cunningham and how much they were looking to get, so leon played middleman in order to facilitate the deal. As you can see from the following itinerary, leon arrived in Florida on July 8, 2005:
If you look closely at the itinerary, you'll also notice that the hotel reservation was made by Bostick himself (although I blacked out his complete email address) in leon's name, so the two had full knowledge of each other BEFORE any announcements were made regarding Spinks.
On that same day, Saturday, July 8th, leon dropped the "BREAKING NEWS" that Spinks was signing with Bostick:
Notice how Spinks (more than likely leon writing for Spinks) goes out of his way to say, "You might not know who he is now Greg, but trust me brother, you will soon."
Now I ask you, if leon didn't know who Bostick was, then why would Bostick be paying for his trip to Florida? Why would leon even be going there to begin with? Surely he wasn't flying all the way down there just to get that breaking news.
So anyway, leon would return from his trip the next day, July 9th. The following day, July 10th, he would drop the following news that, according to King, Spinks was still under contract to him:
Of course, obviously that shouldn't have been no surprise to leon since he had knowledge of and was directly involved in what was going on from the beginning. The question that I was always curious about was who contacted whom? Did King get wind of what was going on and decide to come on record with leon or did leon call King to inform him of what just happened? My guess is the latter...of course, I'm assuming he left out the little nugget that he had just returned from Florida where he had just helped Bostick close the deal.
So the next day, July 11th, leon would put out an interview with Bostick:
Notice the comment, "we heard through the grapevine that he was a free agent..."
What he really meant to say was, leon told him that Spinks was looking to get away from King and then gave him the exact number to make the deal happen after speaking back and fourth with Bostick and Spinks/Cunningham.
LOL at the slight dig at King about letting Spinks "slip through the cracks." Again, what he really meant to say was, "thanks leon for helping snake Spinks right out from under King's nose." Again, at the end of the interview, notice the attempt to make it sound like leon had no knowledge of what was going on..."Kevin and Cory told me you're their guy." Really? Did they tell Bostick that BEFORE or AFTER he booked that trip to Florida for leon?
So shortly after all that, leon asked me to create an ad for Bostick just in case anyone figured out or tried to ask him why Bostick was paying him money (again, I can't remember the exact figures because it was told to me verbally, but I believe it was in the ballpark of $50K). Obviously I didn't jump at the opportunity to do the work since I knew it was simply to cover leon's tracks and I wasn't going to get paid a dime for it. About a month or so went by and he again ordered me to get that ad done ASAP.
Ouch! You know, if I were DeGuardia, I'd probably stop sending him any money at all after I just saw that. HINT! HINT! HINT! And LMAO at this guy calling someone else cheap. Oh...and in case anyone was wondering which event he's referring to, I'm pretty sure it was the Mosley-Cruz fight since he was referring to the video I put up on the weekend of September 17-18, 2005. No money involved, no need to worry about getting the footage up. Gotcha bossman.
So after much more stalling on my end, I FINALLY created a little BS ad for Bostick (bottom right corner of pic):
Man I LOVE that wayback machine. Anyway, as you can see, as requested, I created a little BS ad. Now I ask you, if you were REALLY paying someone for an ad, wouldn't you want something a little bit bigger and a little bit nicer than that? Not to mention, seeing as how I did all the website work, I know for a fact which ads were FREE and which were not. Bostick wasn't paying for an ad at all...it was simply a cover up to hide any involvement by leon.
What I speak is gospel and you won't find anyone to refute it because it's all fact! Leon helped Bostick steal Spinks from King right under his nose. Impressive! Most impressive! Of course, it all fizzled away once King fought back with his lawyers and squashed Bostick. I can't remember the exact fallout, but I do know, as does everyone else, that Spinks ultimately left Bostick, never having participated in one fight for him, and returned to King. If memory serves me correctly, which it does, Bostick tried to recoup some of the signing bonus he gave to Spinks. I don't think he got any of it back...and if he did, I definitely don't think he got it all back. He also tried to get the money back that he paid leon, but according to leon, that didn't happen since, as he told me over the phone, it wasn't his fault that Bostick didn't do his due diligence to make sure Spinks was out of his contract with King. After that episode, Spinks was on the shelf for a year and didn't fight again until July 8, 2006. Whenever I would joke with leon about the advise he gave to Spinks to bounce from King and go with Bostick, he'd simply chuckle and say, "yeah well I helped that nigga make several hundred thousand in a year without him having to lift a finger."
Touche' leon...touche'. I can't really argue with that...but then again, look where Spinks is now...without his belt, without his long-time trainer/manager, off TV and probably now without a promoter who really even cares about his career. What's ironic is that Spinks just lost to Verno Phillips who just signed an advisory agreement with leon.
Unbelievable. Well maybe Spinks can sign with leon too...then he and Phillips can have a rematch and leon can make money off both of those guys.
Moral of the story....
Promoters, managers, advisors, fighters...watch your back! Leon plays both sides of the fence and if you're not careful, he'll snake you for all you got. In the end, Bostick was ultimately the one to get fucked, but hey...who's to say that DeGuardia, DiBella, Golden Boy, Arum or even King isn't next with this wannabe Jay-Z jounalist/advisor/hustler/con-man. Whic reminds me...didn't Main Events have a beef with him over some fighter they felt he manipulated...was it Vivian Harris? I can't remember. I'll have to do some research on that or maybe someone else (like Kathy Duva or Donald Tremblay) can shed some light. I definitely know this wasn't the first instance and if people aren't careful, it won't be the last.
Now see Marley...that's how you put out a public sevice announcment.