There is more. Along comes Team D, Sports and Entertainment, Ltd. of Delaware. This outfit consists of John Lewis—the father of Butch Lewis, then a Top Rank vice-president—and two friends. Copelin and Hubbard awarded them some of LSI's ancillary rights.
On Sept. 15, just seven hours before the fight, Arum and two of the LSI people, Dimaggio and Ciaccio, exchanged affidavits stating that Arum on the one hand and Dimaggio and Ciaccio on the other had been "duped" into paying $200,000 finder's fees to salaried employees. Arum said that he had paid the sum ($50,000 by check and the rest in a letter of credit) to Copelin and Hubbard at the urging of Butch Lewis. In turn, LSI partners Dimaggio and Ciaccio said that at the urging of Copelin and Hubbard, they had given $25,000 to Butch Lewis, with a promise of $175,000 more after the fight.
Copelin and Hubbard, backed by Lewis, said that they came by the money honestly for "finding" the fight—bringing it to New Orleans. (Later they would agree to give $45,000 of the money to Dimaggio and Ciaccio.)
Butch Lewis denied he had received $25,000 from anyone. "Old Butch never took a dollar, never asked for a dollar, and never gave back a dollar," he said. "Anybody says Butch did is a liar."
What Arum said was, "Lewis is fired."
To which Lewis retorted, "He's only firing Butch because Butch already quit."
Meanwhile, Canon Camera had paid $100,000 to Sports and Entertainment, Ltd. (Team D) for rights to advertise in the Dome. Canon paid $50,000 up front and sent another $50,000 to a New York City attorney who also represents Butch Lewis, the money to be held in escrow until after the fight. Only $20,000 of that amount was forwarded to Louisiana Sports, according to Dimaggio. Dimaggio further says that Hubbard told him Canon was only paying $20,000 for the advertising space. Apparently, Sports and Entertainment, Ltd. kept the remaining $80,000 for services rendered.
"I don't know anything about Sports and Entertainment, Ltd., except it is a company formed by my old man," Butch Lewis said. "Why can't my old man form a company and make his own deals?"
To which Ciaccio said, "It stinks. Who is kidding whom? It's ludicrous. What right did Hubbard and Copelin have to sell for $20,000 a deal which was worth $100,000? We expect to recover the rest of the money in court."
Even more money seemed to have gone astray. The contract to sell the fight programs at the Superdome was awarded to Theatrical Happening Inc. for $50,000. Last June 17, Lewis brought a man identified only as Harvey to the Top Rank offices in New York. Harvey, of Theatrical Happening Inc., was carrying $40,000 in cash. Lewis asked Arum if he would take the cash and give Harvey a check for the same amount.