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LATEST ATTEMPT FOR UNIFICATION BOUT KO'D, BUT BY WHOM?
Published January 5, 1998
Don King denied that he did anything to "scuttle a possible heavyweight unification fight" between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, according to Timothy Smith of the N.Y. TIMES. King said that he "did not ask for a guarantee" of between $5-8M to promote the bout, and that negotiations with Time Warner Sports (TWS) "fell apart" because TWS "would not budge" from its guarantee of 650,000 PPV buys. King, whose PPV figure was 1 million, said TWS would pay Holyfield "only" $16M for the fight, while he and Holyfield's lawyer, Jim Thomas, note that Holyfield made $20M for his last fight against Michael Moorer. Time Warner Sports President Seth Abraham said the fight was "scuttled" because King "wanted a multimillion-dollar contract. I stand by that" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/23).