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  • HOLYFIELD EYES FIGHT IN SOUTH AFRICA; IS LEWIS BOUT DEAD?

              Don King is seeing "'how much interest' there would be
         on the part of the South African government and pay-per-view
         interests" in an Evander Holyfield-Francois Botha fight,
         according to Jeff Schultz of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. 
         Holyfield's attorney Jim Thomas also dismissed the "notion
         that it was Holyfield who withdrew from a possible fight"
         with Lennox Lewis.  Thomas acknowledged that Holyfield "felt
         bound by a commitment" to Showtime before fighting Michael
         Moorer.  Thomas, asked why Holyfield demanded $20M to fight
         Lewis: "Evander told the people at Showtime that he would
         not fight a title unification for less than $20 million. 
         When the [Moorer] fight performed less than expected,
         Showtime lost a lot of money.  Evander felt if he went to
         (rival) HBO and agreed to fight for less than $20 million,
         he would be going back on his word, and it could cause
         severe problems at Showtime."  Holyfield-Moorer drew "about"
         550,000 PPV buys and Showtime lost "a reported" $10M on the
         promo (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/7).  Holyfield added that he
         "would not rule out fighting" Mike Tyson (L.A. TIMES, 1/7).
    
    

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