Rental scam endangers Brooklyn boxing club affiliated with former champ

July 26, 2012 09:00AM

An East New York boxing club run by the father of a former world champion is facing eviction after falling prey to a real estate scam, the New York Daily News reported. Judah Brothers Boxing Club, run by the father of former welterweight world champion Zab Judah, opened last summer at 400 Liberty Avenue after Yoel Judah agreed to a rent deal with someone claiming to be an associate of the building’s landlord, Chester Meisels.

Judah repeatedly asked to sign a lease, but the man did not produce paperwork. The boxing trainer finally became suspicious after paying several months of rent without a formal lease. Now, Meisels has emerged and said he is owed $360,000 in back rent. He also wants to make sure that Judah has a viable business plan with financial backing for a club that trains impoverished children, some of whom attend for free because they can’t afford membership fees.

“I don’t want to evict them. I pity the kids,” Meisels told the News. “I believe it does a great value for the neighborhood. But on the other hand I cannot house a tenant that cannot pay their dues.” [NYDN]