Henry Smith figured he was due more than respect from his grandson, former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer, even if they didn't spend much time working together.
A federal jury decided differently, taking just about an hour Tuesday to reject Smith's claim that Moorer owed him more than $1 million for the advice and boxing pointers he believed qualified as part of the fighter's training and entitled Smith to 10 percent of Moorer's winnings.
"They owe me," Smith said after the verdict. "If nothing but respect, they owe me."
Smith, 79, introduced Moorer to boxing, shuttling him from his home in Monessen, Pa., to a gym in Charleroi through the 1980s, where Smith trained fighters.
Moorer credited Smith with his successful amateur career, but said that when Moorer signed his first professional contract with JEB Enterprises Inc. and Detroit trainer Emanuel Steward in 1988, Smith knew he was no longer the boxer's trainer. When Moorer left a few weeks later to train with Steward at the Kronk gym, Smith stayed behind.
Elsewhere in boxing, Britain's Naseem Hamed (33-0) will defend his WBO featherweight title against American challenger Junior Jones (47-4) at London's Olympia on March 11.