A Feilding boxing promoter who left New Zealand without paying some people involved in his last fundraising event has failed to return on the date he said he would.
Ricky Bushell's company, JAB Promotions, owes thousands of dollars to a fighter, venue provider, gym owner and the caterers who helped with his fight night in Feilding on April 19.
He left for a coaching position in Britain soon after the event, but told the Manawatu Standard on May 7 that he was flying back to New Zealand on May 23.
Bushell said he lost $3000 on promoting the fight and intended to pay back his debts upon his return.
Since failing to come back by the date given, he has not provided a future date for his return.
Bushell told the Standard via email that he was trying to make some money working and that he could possibly remedy the situation by selling his house or being declared bankrupt.
On May 30 he said via email: "At the end if the day I control my life no one else, so I have nobody to report too. My plan is to return as soon as possible. It seems to me this is just a nasty, pointless witch hunt.
"Sorry, I know people haven't been paid and it's a total sum of $5000, which really isn't much when you compare some companies owe other businesses [hundreds] of thousands."
- Manawatu Standard
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