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WHAT'S THE (REAL) DEAL? SPARSE CROWD TO GANDER AT EVANDER

          Ticket sales are "sagging" for Saturday's heavyweight
     championship bout between Evander Holyfield and Henry
     Akinwande at MSG, as just over 7,000 tickets have been sold,
     according to Timothy Smith of the N.Y. TIMES.  Smith
     attributes the low turnout to the event's high ticket prices
     -- $1,000 for ringside to $100 for the least expensive seat
     -- as well as the running of the Belmont Stakes and the warm
     weather.  Smith adds that another reason for "flagging
     sales," is that many boxing fans see the Holyfield-Akinwande
     bout "as a stinker" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/6).
          THE SPIKE IS RIGHT: In N.Y., Holyfield made the "high
     bid" at a benefit auction the other night, $8,000 for a
     walk-on part in Spike Lee's next film (N.Y. POST, 6/4).

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