LOS ANGELES: Unbeaten world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is being sued by two boxing brothers involved in sparring sessions shown in a television reality show, according to court documents.
The documents posted online by Las Vegas tele-vision station KTNV show that Sharif Rahman and his older brother Hasim Rahman Jr. are suing Mayweather, his fledgling promotional company and cable telecaster Showtime over the TV show designed to promote Mayweather’s last fight against Marcos Maidana.
The brothers—sons of former heavyweight world champion Hasim Rahman—claim battery, false imprisonment and negligent hiring and supervision, and say they never consented to be included in the All Access shows telecast by Showtime prior to the September 13 Maidana bout.
The lawsuit, filed on Thursday (Friday in Manila) in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, claims that Mayweather forced 18-year-old Sharif Rahman to spar against Britain’s Donovan Cameron for several rounds lasting five to seven minutes each, and that when Rahman asked for shorter rounds the request was denied.
When he tried to leave the ring, Mayweather “responded by telling Mr. Cameron and others that if Sharif left the ring to beat his ass outside the ring,” the plaintiffs claim.