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HOLYFIELD A BEAN-COUNTER AS TICKET SALES GOING WELL

          With about 25,000 tickets already sold, Saturday's
     Evander Holyfield-Vaughn Bean fight at the 42,000-seat
     Georgia Dome "is assured of being the largest" crowd to view
     a heavyweight title fight since the '78 Ali-Spinks rematch
     drew 63,350, according to Jeff Schultz of the ATLANTA
     CONSTITUTION.  Holyfield, who is expected to earn $1.5M in
     gate incentives along with his $3.5M purse: "I'm happy the
     people decided to show up.  Now I know I won't lose any
     money" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/17).  In N.Y., Timothy Smith
     writes that promoter Don King is predicting that 40,000
     tickets will be sold, "which would make Holyfield-Bean one
     of the best selling bouts ever."  He added that Holyfield,
     who "typically" earns $8M for a fight like this, is taking a
     "substantial pay cut" to have the fight in his hometown. 
     Holyfield: "I have an opportunity to do something for the
     people and I can't let money be the reason why I don't do
     it."  The fight will air on Showtime during a free preview
     weekend, reaching about 60 million homes (N.Y. TIMES, 9/17).
          FOREIGN EXCHANGE? ESPN's Bob Stevens reported that if
     Mike Tyson is not given back his boxing license in NV,
     "there is talk" that he will fight Axel Schulz in Germany. 
     Tyson would need permission from IN Judge Patricia Gifford,
     who is supervising his probation ("SportsCenter," 9/16)....
     In Chicago, Michael Hirsley profiles Tyson's "latest
     advisor," Shelly Finkel.  Hirsley writes that as a
     "multimillionaire who carried credentials as a civilized and
     successful rock music promoter to the world of boxing,
     Finkel has thrived in two cutthroat businesses" (CHICAGO
     TRIBUNE, 9/17).  In L.A., Randy Harvey writes that there
     "are unsubstantiated rumors" that Finkel "is no longer
     advising Tyson" (L.A. TIMES, 9/17).

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