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PHILADELPHIA FREE-FOR-ALL? FOX IS BACK IN THE FIGHT GAME
Published December 1, 1995
Fox officially announced the network will be the exclusive live broadcaster of the Tyson-Mathis fight, now set for December 16 at the CoreStates Spectrum in Philadelphia. In addition to the Tyson fight, Fox will add three additional boxing shows, with the first on the eve of Super Bowl XXX eve from Phoenix, featuring Tommy Morrison. Other fights in March and April will be announced at a later date. Tyson-Mathis was rescheduled after the November 4 date was cancelled due to Tyson's broken thumb (Fox Sports). Reports have Fox paying only half of the $10M rights fee it had originally agreed to. There was speculation Fox would pull out of its deal with Don King entirely, but they are "to be commended for hanging in there with Don King Productions," according to Mike Bruton of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. Bruton does not believe Tyson will be "a headliner on a later card, because Fox probably has had all the instability it can take" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/1).