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Volume 24 No. 158

Events Attractions

          HBO will televise the Prince Naseem Hamed-Kevin Kelly
     WBO featherweight title bout tonight from MSG at 9:00 pm ET.

     HBO has a six-fight deal worth a "reported" $12M with Hamed
     (NEWSDAY, 12/19).  In Boston, Ron Borges calls Hamed the
     "loudest British invasion" of the U.S. "since the Beatles."
     Borges: "HBO is obviously banking on Hamed having more going
     for him than his 20-minute, smoke-filled introductions, his
     tart tongue, and his somersaults into the ring over the top
     rope, which, as signature moves go, ranks right up there
     with the Ali shuffle."   HBO has put $1.75M into advertising
     tonight's fight (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/19).  In N.Y., Michael
     Katz writes that MSG is expecting a crowd of "at least"
     12,000 tonight (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/19).