Gary Shaw and Roc Nation Part Ways

As far as boxing marriages go, put this one in the Britney Spears-Jason Alexander pairing category: Yep, Gary Shaw, the NJ-based promoter with four decades of wisdom tucked into his elastic waistband, and Roc Nation boxing, the newly formed entity helmed by Jay Z, have parted ways.

It was an amicable separation, said Shaw, who told me he will be back overseeing Gary Shaw Promotions, which he had not fully unbundled.

The marriage was cemented before the holidays, and became un-cemented after it became clear to Shaw and the Roc crew that they were not in sync. Dan Rafael first reported the conscious uncoupling.

“I’m doing fine. We’re parting as friends, they were businesslike, and we left as friends,” Shaw said. “It was just another step in my life as a promoter, a blip on the screen.”

Roc spokesman Ron Berkowitz weighed in: “Roc Nation Sports and Gary Shaw Productions have mutually agreed to part ways as a deal could not be finalized,” he said. “Roc Nation Sports wishes Gary Shaw nothing but the best of luck and we look forward to working with him and his fighters should any opportunities present themselves.”         Shaw told me that the show will go on with his fighter Bryant Jennings, against Wladimir Klitschko on April 25. “He’s a Gary Shaw fighter,” the promoter turned exec turned promoter again said. “With Roc, we agreed to disagree.”

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COMMENTS

-stormcentre :

Ahh well, sad as it is, at least they didn't end up in the "boxing-family law courts". Can't have 2 Dommes, Doms, Dominatrixes, or Dominatrices in bed at the same time without something getting prickly. I know these things as not only have I been abducted by aliens and enjoyed it - but also I am (reluctantly) a professional dominatrix's test slave. But these two things are not (yet) necessarily mutually inclusive. Don't get me wrong, Shaw is cool and has been in the game for a while. But, there was a time back in the days, back when Shannon Taylor (stupidly and) constantly (here in Australia) called out Tszyu; it was considered by some boxing media tarts like hamUp (reverse for real name - those in the know will know) to be everything if Gary Shaw tapped you in the shoulder. Now I remember this pretty well for various reasons, including the absolutely hilarious skit Roy & HG (2 very funny comedians) did on Shaw, absolutely rubbishing him in a funny and non-serious way. If I can find it on YT I will post the link as it was regularly requested and replayed on Triple J in Sydney. I/we were all surprised Shawie (as Roy & HG used to call him) didn't sue. Still, had it not been across the Atlantic and based in the USA he probably would have. I know I would have.


-stormcentre :

Ahh well, sad as it is, at least they didn't end up in the "boxing-family law courts". Can't have 2 Dommes, Doms, Dominatrixes, or Dominatrices in bed at the same time without something getting prickly. I know these things as not only have I been abducted by aliens and enjoyed it - but also I am (reluctantly) a professional dominatrix's test slave. :) But these two things are not (yet) necessarily mutually inclusive. Brilliant picture of the legend "Shawie". Don't get me wrong, Shaw is cool and has been in the game for a while. But, there was a time back in the days, back when Shannon Taylor (stupidly and) constantly (here in Australia) called out Tszyu; it was considered by some boxing media tarts like hamUp (reverse for real name - those in the know will know) to be everything if Gary Shaw tapped you in the shoulder. Now I remember this pretty well for various reasons, including the absolutely hilarious skit Roy & HG (2 very funny comedians) did on Shaw, absolutely rubbishing him in a funny and non-serious way. If I can find it on YT I will post the link as it was regularly requested and replayed on Triple J in Sydney. I/we were all surprised Shawie (as Roy & HG used to call him) didn't sue. Still, had it not been across the Atlantic and based in the USA he probably would have. I know I would have.


-Skibbz :

This didn't take long did it?


-Radam G :

Gary Shaw has had a bad run for the last few years. He is becoming the Rodney Dangerfield of pugging promotions. Holla!