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LATEST ATTEMPT FOR UNIFICATION BOUT KO'D, BUT BY WHOM?

          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).

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