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SOURCES SAY USA NETWORK WILL DROP BOXING IN AUGUST
Published March 23, 1998
Despite denials by USA Network, sources said the cable network will "drop its long-running" weekly boxing series, "Tuesday Night Fights," later this year, according to Royce Feour of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. USA Network spokesperson David Schwarz called it a "pure rumor." But boxing industry sources, including Top Rank promotor Bob Arum, said the network will drop its boxing coverage in August. Arum said that the series' possible demise makes Monday night's Fox-televised card "even more important for boxing." Arum said that Fox "might enter" a contract with Top Rank for several boxing cards per year, "particularly if the first card is a success" (L.V. REVIEW-JOURNAL, 3/22). OH, OSCAR! Fox took out ads for tonight's "Oscar De La Hoya's Big Fight Night," up against ABC's Academy Awards telecast, in today's sports sections of USA Today and N.Y. Post reading: "Tonight, It's Oscar's Night on FOX."