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Daniel Attah, Murad Muhammad split

04.04.05 - By Eric Rineer: Daniel “The Prophet” Attah, a former world-title challenger in the super featherweight division, said he has split with his promoter Murad Muhammad. “He didn’t respect me,” said Attah, who alleges that Muhammad “breached their contract, which called for four fights per year. “I’m not upset,” Attah said. “I just don’t want to deal with him anymore.”

Attah, of Nigeria, last fought on May 27, 2004, winning an eight-round unanimous decision over journeyman James Baker. Attah’s trainer, Mark Johnson, said Attah is scheduled to fight on July 1 on ESPN2 against an opponent to be named.

Muhammad will not promote that fight, Johnson said.

Muhammad said he offered Attah several fights over the past year, but Attah turned them down.

“I’ve been very disappointed with Attah,” Muhammad said. “All that I’ve done for Attah and to hear him say that I’ve been holding him back is an outright lie.

“I can’t help a guy who’s weak in the mind,” Muhammad said. “Something’s bothering him. Attah got a problem, but it ain’t my problem. If Attah thinks he can do better than Murad Muhammad, than so be it.”

Johnson said Muhammad offered Attah a bout last year against Filipino superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio “for a measly $25,000” in Pacquaio’s home country.

Attah, 22-3-1, reached a peak in his professional career on Aug. 3, 2002, when he challenged Acelino Freitas for the WBA and WBO super featherweight titles. He came out on the short end of a unanimous decision.

Attah is 2-3 since the Freitas fight, including a loss to No. 2 IBF contender Nate Campbell.

Muhammad said he recently received a letter from Attah that offered an ultimatum: Respond within two weeks or their contract is void.

Johnson said Attah’s attorney drafted the letter that was sent to Muhammad.

“It was stating that Murad breached his contract -- if he didn’t reply that Murad was forfeiting his contract,” Johnson said. “Murad never replied.”

Muhammad said Attah has not been consistent with his training. He said he tried to contact Attah at the boxing gym several times about possible fights, but the fighter was never present, he said.

“That’s a lie,” Johnson said. “Daniel always trains. When Daniel fought last May, Murad said to get him right back in the gym. I even paid Daniel’s gym dues. I paid $75 a month in June, July, August and September. Murad promised to pay, but he never paid me.”


To reach Eric Rineer contact him at ericrineer@hotmail.com

Article posted on 04.04.2005



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