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NEWSDAY REPORTS HOLYFIELD-LEWIS EYEING TVKO BOUT
Published December 18, 1997
IBF and WBA heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield has told promotor Don King that he wants a unification bout with WBC champ Lennox Lewis, according to Greg Logan of NEWSDAY. Sources say that Lewis "has accepted King's purse offer and agreed in principle to give King a financial interest in his future fights, and Holyfield is prepared to leave Showtime for this one fight" to appear on Time Warner's TVKO, which holds exclusive rights to Lewis. Logan: "Only one obstacle stands in the way of a Holyfield-Lewis bout in the spring -- King. ... The major sticking point is King's objection to televising the fight on TVKO because of his long-standing feud with HBO Sports head Seth Abraham." Holyfield's attorney Jim Thomas said his fighter would prefer to fight for Showtime, but added, "We're told the only way the fight can be made legally is at HBO. We have to go there to get the unification fight" (NEWSDAY, 12/18).