Riddick Bowe, just elevated to the No. 2 heavyweight contender's ranking by the World Boxing Council, is not signed to fight Donovan "Razor" Ruddock.
"There is absolutely no fight," Rock Newman, Bowe's manager, said yesterday. "It is a 100 percent figment of Murad Muhammad's warped imagination."
Murad Muhammad, Ruddock's promoter, said Wednesday that an agreement had been reached on the fight, but not the site.
* Fernie Morales has come out of a four-day coma and his condition has improved significantly, a spokesman at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio, Calif., said. However, Briton Michael Watson, also felled in a Saturday title fight, remained critically ill on a life-support machine in London with doctors concerned over swelling in his brain.