Motion to transfer venue hearing set in boxing contract lawsuit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 3, 2013, 12:53pm

GALVESTON - A local state district judge will hear arguments as to whether a lawsuit accusing an El Paso boxer and his parents of breach of contract should stay in Galveston.

Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss is slated to sit on a motion to transfer venue hearing at 9 a.m., June 12.

Bad Boyz Inc. sued amateur fighter David Rodriguez Jr. and his parents on Oct. 15, 2012, alleging the younger Rodriguez turned down fights and engaged in detrimental conduct.

The plaintiff asserts it expended “countless hours and sweat” and spent more than $400,000 developing Rodriguez Jr. as a professional athlete.

But the protégé failed and refused to uphold his part of the agreement by declining fights with formidable foes, drinking alcohol excessively and abusing steroids, the suit says.

Bad Boyz adds that David Rodriguez Sr. and his spouse “have played a significant role” in the decisions that their son had made in connection to his boxing career.

Meanwhile, the defendants insist the “allegations are vague and do not describe in sufficient detail to permit the defendants to address the allegations.”

They say the suit was not filed within the two-year period beginning from the date of injury since Bad Boyz chose to sue five years after the contract’s expiration date.

The Rodriguezes filed a change of venue request to send the case to El Paso.

According to their motion, they live and were served in El Paso and the plaintiff "has failed to assert any facts supporting venue in Galveston County."

Bad Boyz opposes the proposed move as its choice of venue "controls where venue is proper."

The management firm also states that the parties signed the subject contract in Galveston County.

Case No. 12-CV-2176

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