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WHAT'S THE (REAL) DEAL? SPARSE CROWD TO GANDER AT EVANDER
Published June 4, 1998
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).