Boxing News: Don King and Lamon Brewster Go USO
WASHINGTON, DC (September 24, 2005) – Legendary boxing promoter Don King will bring the World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight champion “Relentless” Lamon Brewster to “meet and greet” service members stationed at Ramstein Air Base on USO tour. Brewster’s manager Sam Simon, a veteran television director and co-creator of “The Simpsons,” also will be on hand for autographs and pictures. Don King’s son, Carl King, was the youngest boxing manager in history and will be accompanying the tour as well. The group also is scheduled to visit USO Centers and spend time with troops recuperating from injuries at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The tour is co-hosted by the 435th Services Squadron.
A strong supporter of the armed forces, Don King recently contributed $150,000 toward the completion of the Fort Campbell, Ky., Monument Fund to honor the men and women of the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles Strike Fear Battalion. King also makes sure that service members around the world can watch boxing by providing a free television feed of the fights he promotes to Armed Forces Network. He also has donated tickets to service members stationed on bases near the venues of his boxing matches.
Using the skills he learned from legendary boxing trainer Bill Slayton, Lamon Brewster has a record of 32-2 with 28 knockouts. The Indianapolis, Ind., native is scheduled to defend his title Sept. 28 in Hamburg, Germany, against Luan Krasniqi. A standout amateur boxer with numerous accolades, Brewster won the Olympic summerfest and received the Olympic Trial Runner-up Award in 1996. He started his pro career in 1996, reaching the ultimate goal in 2004 when he beat Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO heavyweight championship.
Named the “2004 Manager of the Year” by the World Boxing Organization, Sam Simon manages WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster. Prior to his partnership with Brewster, Simon spent several years writing, producing and directing shows on the small screen.
The 12-time Emmy winner directed “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “The Tracey Ullman Show,” “The Drew Carey Show,” and “The Simpsons,” which he co-created. Simon is also active in a number of charities including “The Sam Simon Foundation,” a privately funded charity with a mission to save the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people.