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Fallen Boxer’s Mother Files Lawsuit

February 17, 2000 GMT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A lawsuit was filed Wednesday against a casino by the mother of a boxer who died during a 12-round super-middleweight bout.

The suit filed by Barbara Carver in Jackson County Circuit Court names Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino, promoter America Presents, referee Ross Strada, ringside physician Michael Poppa and trainer-manager George Smith.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

``The lawsuit alleges that each one of these defendants contributed to the death of Randy Carver,″ said Tim Dollar, one of the family’s lawyers. ``To what degree each one contributed will be a matter for the jury.″


Carver, 24, died Sept. 14, two days after being knocked down in a North American Boxing Federation bout by Kabary Salem of New York.

Carver fell to the canvas in the 10th round after taking an overhand right and a straight left from Salem. He tried on four occasions to get up, but couldn’t get to his knees.

Carver lost consciousness after Strada ruled a knockout.

Among the allegations, the lawsuit says that Strada failed to stop the fight to protect Carver from ``frequent and repeated head butts.″ It also accused Strada of failing to summon the ringside doctor in a timely manner.

``We believe that regulations that are enacted to prevent injuries such as these were violated, and the lawsuit alleges this fight should have been stopped,″ Dollar said.

Strada ruled the head butts were accidental.

According to NABF rules, a fighter can lose points for intentional head-butting. But he must be warned at least twice before he can be disqualified. Salem was not warned.

Poppa and Smith were accused in the lawsuit of failing to stop the fight and for providing inadequate medical attention to Carver.

The lawsuit also says that as promoters of the fight, Harrah’s and America Presents are ``vicariously liable for the negligence of defendant Strada and defendant Poppa.″

A spokeswoman for Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino said the company had no comment.

Carver, 21-1-1, was the NABF super middleweight champion.