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BOXING NEWS: LEWIS TO DEFEND IN CT; HOLYFIELD CUTS HIS PURSE

          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).

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