Beijing Olympic Games quarter-finalist Boxer Akhil Kumar is not the only one to terminate his contract with IOS Boxing Promotions. Jitender Kumar, too, has sent a legal notice to terminate his agreement with the boxing promoter.
Both the boxers have cited breach of contract to terminate the contract. Boxers’ attorney Naveen Raheja has confirmed to insidesport.co that the termination notices have been served to IOS via email, speed post and courier.
IOS CEO and managing director Neerav Tomar had reportedly denied the receipt of any notice.
When contacted by Insidesport.co Tomar denied any breach on IOS’s part. “There is no breach. They (Akhil and Jitender) are advised wrongly by some person for his own personal stunts for publicity,” said the IOS CEO & MD.
The trouble between Akhil and the company had erupted shortly after the Commonwealth Champion and Olympian had made his pro debut in Mumbai on August 5. Akhil’s legal team alleges that the bilateral agreement had “the contractual obligations on the promoter to organize a post-match Press conference for the boxer. The term was breached. It was not befitting the stature of the boxer, who had braved an injury to start his professional career on a winning note.
“Various other clauses in the contract warranted professional treatment and appropriate profiling of the boxers, befitting their stature. None of the commitment is honored. There is also a financial breach and we have sought compensation,” said Raheja.
Boxer has also expressed concern regarding lack of exposure and competitions to pursue his goals as a professional. “It is important for a professional boxer to play a certain number of bouts to progress up the ladder. IOS had committed six bouts in a year to Akhil. There were other commitments and contractual obligations regarding training, profiling and promotion of the boxers,” added the lawyer.
The boxers had allegedly raised the issues with the company at a personal level, before taking up the matter officially. “We (Akhil) had highlighted the issue in an email on August 20, 2017. Since there was no response, we had sent a legal notice to the company on August 30, 2017,” says Raheja.
The contract between the boxers has a clause to resolve the dispute amicably in 15 days’ period from the date of service of the legal notice. “IOS also did not show any intent to resolve the matter. My clients (Akhil and Jitender) had no other option but to come out of the agreement. We have exercised our rights as per the agreement.
“The termination notice is served on October 7, 2017. Till date, there is no official response. Except for some inconsequential calls from the company’s PR team, who cannot even address basic questions,” added Raheja.
Advocate Raheja, himself a former boxer of repute, had in the past also appeared for international boxer Rajkumar Sangwan in a breach of contract case against IOS. The company for that matter was ordered to a pay – and had paid – a compensation of INR 14 lakh to the aggrieved boxer.
Akhil and Jitender, however, remain committed pursue their professional career. The duo will sign with new promoters after coming out of their contracts with IOS.
IOS Boxing Promotions also manages the star Indian boxer, Vijender Singh.