(January 22, 2001 – New York, NY) - On Thursday, February 1, 2001, former 1978 heavyweight champion of the world, Leon Spinks, appears before Judge Greg Mathis on the daily syndicated court show, “Judge Mathis.” The former champ is suing fighter, Fouad Zeton, after Zeton stopped payment on Spinks’ negotiated appearance fee. Judge Mathis welcomes his hero Leon Spinks to the show, but makes the former champ promise, “… if you win, though, you do have to get you some teeth. Do you agree to that? … that’s part of the deal today.” Boxer Fouad Zeton hired Spinks to attend his boxing match in New Orleans, LA last September. Spinks attended the fight, but now Zeton has stopped payment on his $1650 check (Spinks is suing for $1750, which includes $100 for the bank fee). The check is already past due and Zeton claims an employee stole some checks causing him to stop payment on all outgoing checks. Zeton maintains that he never had an agreement with Spinks. After Zeton challenges Leon Spinks to a fight in the courtroom or anywhere else, Judge Mathis responds, “You took too many blows to the head, man.” Leon Spinks, of St. Louis, MO, won the Olympic Gold Medal in boxing in 1976. In February 1978, Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight title in Las Vegas, NV becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. In 1995, Spinks was inducted into the St. Louis Hall of Fame. Now in its second season, the nationally syndicated television court show, “Judge Mathis,” offers powerful and effective drama in the form of real-life litigant claims. Inspired by his own gang-to-gavel story, “Judge Mathis” is presided over by Judge Greg Mathis who continues to yield his own brand of inspirational justice. Known for running his courtroom with a no-holds-barred approach and streetwise sensibility, Mathis often uses his life as an example to those who appear before him. “Judge Mathis” is produced by And Syndicated Productions and Telepictures Productions in association with Black Pearl Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
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