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BOXING NEWS: LEWIS TO DEFEND IN CT; HOLYFIELD CUTS HIS PURSE
Published August 12, 1998
Lennox Lewis will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Zeljko Mavrovic at CT's Mohegan Sun Casino on September 26, according to Terry Price of the HARTFORD COURANT, who writes that the fight will take place in a temporary 5,000-seat closed facility to be constructed for the event. The fight will be the first not to be held in the casino's 1,800-seat bingo hall, and Price writes that "it won't be the last." The casino's plan to build a 10,000-seat arena that could be ready by 2001, allowing it to bid "for virtually any major fight." Tickets are priced between $100-500, but Etess said that he "will be surprised if the card is not a sellout" (HARTFORD COURANT, 8/12). BEAN COUNTING: Evander Holyfield "is taking a cut" in his normal $8-10M purse and "is tying his purse to a percentage of the gate at the Georgia Dome" for his September 19 fight against Vaughn Bean, according to Timothy Smith of the N.Y. TIMES. Holyfield's lawyer Jim Thomas "would not estimate" Holyfield's take, but said that it "would be less than" $3M, "even if ticket sales are strong." To increase visibility before the fight, Holyfield, an Atlanta native, will spend his final four weeks of training at two different Atlanta gyms (N.Y. TIMES, 8/12).