Promoters to meet with Trump today

February 09, 1991

WASHINGTON -- The site and date of heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield's April title defense against George Foreman should be determined today when promoters meet with Donald Trump.

Trump, who bid $11 million to stage the fight in Atlantic City, N.J., will meet in New York with co-promoter Dan Duva and Holyfield's manager, Shelly Finkel. Trump, scheduled to make a payment of $2.5 million, has invoked a war clause in the contract, and is attempting to renegotiate a lower fee.

But Duva and co-promoter Bob Arum, have objected, and may shift the bout to Las Vegas, where it would be held about a week later that the April 19 Atlantic City date.

"If I don't get it [the check], we're going to be on the first plane west," Duva said yesterday during the final stop on a nationwide promotional tour.

Arum doesn't plan to attend today's meeting.

"I'm not going to talk to the guy [Trump] anymore," Arum said. "Dan and Shelly want to go hear what he has to say.

"I don't care what he has to say. They're going as a matter of courtesy, but there's no room to negotiate."

Arum said that unless Trump comes forward with the amount due, the fight will be shifted to Caesar's Palace.

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