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FOREMAN-MOORER FIGHT OFF, AGAIN. THIS TIME FOR GOOD?

     Time Warner Sports President Seth Abraham confirmed a report
that the George Foreman-Michael Moorer fight for February 29 at
Madison Square Garden if off, according to Greg Logan of NEWSDAY.
 The dispute is over the language of the contract between the two
sides (NEWSDAY, 1/19).  Bob Arum, promoter for Foreman's so-
called "retirement bout," said provisions inserted by Time Warner
made it "impossible" to go ahead with the event (PHILADELPHIA
INQUIRER, 1/19).  ESPN's Charley Steiner:  "In the end, the
demands of Foreman and his promoter Bob Arum could not or would
not be satisfied by Time Warner, which would have televised the
fight on pay-per-view.  And while Time Warner says it is hopeful
of rescheduling the rematch, the reality is Foreman turned 47
last week and the sands through his hour glass have dwindled to a
precious few grains" ("SportsCenter," 1/18).  Logan calls losing
the fight a "blow" to MSG's bid to rebuild its boxing business
(NEWSDAY, 1/19).
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