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UNABLE TO SECURE TYSON, HBO TO REPORTEDLY INK SWEETPEA
Published October 13, 1995
HBO "is close to signing multi-million-dollar deal" with WBO welterweight champion Pernell "Sweetpea" Whitaker, according to John Phillips in this morning's VARIETY. Phillips reports that HBO head Seth Abraham said the deal would be for six-to-eight fights, but would not disclose terms. Phillips writes that sources say Whitaker "could make at least" $20M and "considerably more" if he were to fight Julio Caesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad or Oscar de La Hoya (REUTERS/VARIETY, 10/13). Whitaker, at a news conference promoting his November 18 fight, "was caught off guard" by the deal with HBO. Promoter Dan Duva called the deal "one of the largest contracts outside of the heavyweight division" (AP/WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/13).