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     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).
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