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The boxing arm of Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports has suffered a significant loss.
RNS cut a deal in early January to acquire Gary Shaw Promotions and it’s stable of fighters, including rising heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings.
“On January 8, Shaw announced “I have officially joined Roc Nation. I’ll be running their boxing division.”
The newly formed teamed promoted a January 9 card at the Theater at Madison Square Gardens. Troubles soon followed after infighting between the companies began. On Monday, February 2. Shaw announced the two companies had parted ways.
“We gave it a try and unfortunately it did not work out for both parties,” Shaw toldESPN.com on Monday. “It is an amicable separation. Roc Nation was very professional at our meeting and they allowed me to keep all of my fighters and my company, and terminate any agreements we had together. They gave me back my company.”
“Both parties decided to go their own way and we wish Gary nothing but the best,” said Roc Nation Sports spokesman Ron Berkowitz.
GSP promoted fighters Jennings, interim lightweight titlist Darleys Perez, middleweight contender Tureano Johnson, lightweight Jonathan Maicelo, lightweight prospectKenneth Sims Jr., welterweight Francisco Santana, unbeaten junior featherweightRoman Morales and former middleweight titlist Daniel Geale all leave with Shaw.
Bryant Jennings (left) and Wladimir Klitschko will battle on April 25
The loss of Jennings is an especially big blow to Roc Nation’s fledgling boxing division. At 19-0, 10 KOs, he is scheduled to fight Wladimir Klitschko, 63-3, 53 KOs, on April 25 at Madison Square Garden. The fight will be televised by HBO.
Klitschko’s WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring Heavyweight titles will be on the line.
Roc Nation still has one superstar boxer in it’s stable. They signed WBA (Super) and The Ring super-middleweight champion Andre Ward last month. They also have two cards remaining on their three-fight deal with Fox Sports 1.