A celebrity boxing promoter has won a default judgment against Jose Canseco for breach of contract after the former major-league slugger instead sent his twin brother for the bout.
Damon Feldman, of Broomall, Pa., won his complaint Wednesday after Canseco failed to show for his district court appearance. Feldman's attorney, Bob Bush, says the award was for a little more than $7,600.
Feldman had claimed Canseco backed out and made twin brother Ozzie pass himself off as the baseball star for the scheduled March 26 bout in Hollywood, Fla.
Feldman said he advanced Canseco $5,000 and paid another $1,500 for the former MVP to fly himself to the event. Feldman refused to let Ozzie Canseco compete.
Feldman said the fight contract states Canseco had to return the money advanced to him if he didn't compete.
"I feel relieved, but now I have to go collect it," Feldman said. "He knows he was wrong. If he was right, he would have showed. I just wanted justice against this guy. I can't believe it."
Canseco boxed actor Danny Bonaduce and former Philadelphia Eagles kick returner Vai Sikahema in past bouts for Feldman's Celebrity Boxing Federation.
Canseco has kept his name in the spotlight since boasting about how his steroid-fueled exploits helped him hit 462 career home runs. He competed this season on Donald Trump's television show, "The Celebrity Apprentice."
Canseco is also a player/manager for the Yuma Scorpions in the independent league.
"He owes me $7,500," Feldman said. "Am I going to see it? Probably never."
His experience with Canseco hasn't soured Feldman from hatching other ideas involving D-list celebrities.
"I have Octomom doing a match," he said, "and I just partnered with Michael Lohan for a couple of TV projects."