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 Â£300,000 from the publishers of the Daily Record over a story headed, â€œ’Crazy’ judges are forcing my boy to chuck itâ€.
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 Matthewsâ€™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.”
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