IBF Heavyweight Champion to Defend Title on King-Promoted Card Nov. 13
International Boxing Federation Heavyweight Champion Chris Byrd and his promoter Don King announced today that they were able to amicably resolve issues regarding Byrd's promotional contract with Don King Productions paving the way for Byrd to defend his title against mandatory challenger Jameel "Big Time" McCline in New York's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 13 in a match promoted by Don King Productions.
"I'm pleased that our contractual issues have been settled," King said. "I have a great deal of respect for Chris Byrd and his entire family. He became the world heavyweight champion against great odds.
"We can all now look forward with great anticipation to Chris's mandatory title defense against 'Big Time' McCline on a heavyweight championship event at Madison Square Garden."
"I'm pleased and satisfied that we were able to get everything worked out with Don," Byrd said. "Now, I can put my entire focus on preparing for a fight without any distractions. I'm sure it will show in my performance."
Byrd added, "Now it's time for me to deliver in the ring and, after that, for Don King to deliver the biggest and most lucrative fights."