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TIME WARNER SUES TO KEEP BOWE ON HBO
Published January 4, 1996
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).