Warren demands damages from Daily Record

From Press Gazette
Boxing promoter Frank Warren has thrown the first punch in a legal battle for libel damages just a day after former heavyweight champ Frank Bruno won a substantial settlement in court.

Warren is demanding damages of more than £300,000 from the publishers of the Daily Record over a story headed, “’Crazy’ judges are forcing my boy to chuck it”.

He claims the story, which was published in March, was defamatory, and is seeking damages and an injunction banning repetition of the allegations at the centre of the story.

The story suggested that he is strongly suspected of corruptly arranging with the referee and ringside officials of the Simpson/Matthews fight that they would dishonestly fix it in Matthews’s favour, according to a High Court writ.

Meanwhile, in an entirely separate action, Bruno has accepted “substantial damages” from the News of the World over a breach of privacy, his lawyers said.

The out-of-court settlement concerned a story in November about a party at Bruno’s home, said solicitors Carter-Ruck.

“Frank Bruno has settled his privacy action against the News of the World in return for substantial damages. The action concerned a breach of his right to privacy,” a statement aid.

Bruno was exposed last year for taking cocaine at his home in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. He later apologised, admitting: “I got high on the stuff and I am deeply ashamed.”

Click here to read the rest of the Press Gazette‘s story on Frank Warren

Click here to read the Press Gazette‘s report on the Bruno libel case against the News of the World

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