A lawyer representing junior middleweight contender James Kirkland confirmed to RingTV.com that a lawsuit has been filed on the fighter's behalf which seeks separation from Golden Boy Promotions and trainers Ann Wolfe and Pops Billingsley. "It happened on Thursday and was filed in the federal court in Los Angeles where Golden Boy is incorporated. The suit seeks damages and injunctive relief that would allow him to fight during litigation, and declaratory relief saying that his contract is invalid," said attorney Sekou Gary of the 28-year-old Kirkland (31-1, 27 knockouts). "I represent James Kirkland, but it was our local counsel in California which filed the suit last Thursday. The complaint is already in the court house. Basically, James is unhappy with his management and his deal with Golden Boy. James doesn't feel as if they have his best interest at heart."