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TIME WARNER SUES TO KEEP BOWE ON HBO

     Time Warner Sports has sued Rock Newman, promoter for
Riddick Bowe, asking the court to "uphold the TV company's
contract with the former heavyweight champ," according to Wallace
Matthews of the N.Y. POST.  Boxing sources say  Newman has been
"shopping Bowe to other television outlets, claiming no
contractual obligation to Time Warner."  Court papers show that
Spencer Promotions, Newman's company, claims that Bowe's '94 "No
Contest" verdict with Buster Mathis Jr. "renders the contract
null and void," as the contract is "contingent on Bowe winning
all bouts and terminates with a loss."  Spencer maintains Bowe is
a free agent because he "technically" did not win the Mathis
fight.  Matthews reports it is believed Newman is attempting to
free Bowe from Time Warner in order to set up a Bowe-Tyson fight,
which "currently cannot be made" because of a feud between Don
King and Time Warner (N.Y. POST, 1/4).
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