Heavyweight champ still a little light in the wallet Dispute delaying payment to Bowe

BOXING Notebook

November 15, 1992|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Riddick Bowe and his entourage were celebrating his newly won undisputed heavyweight title yesterday, but the new champion had yet to be paid any money for his inspired victory over previously unbeaten Evander Holyfield on Friday night.

At 3 a.m. yesterday , Bowe's manager, Rock Newman, was informed by a Nevada Athletic Commission secretary that the commission was withholding the $3 million guaranteed portion of his purse for failing to pay sanctioning fees to the World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation.

"I don't think there is anything in the commission's bylaws that allows them to do this," said Newman, who said the sanctioning fees amounted to close to $300,000. "Personally, I think it's robbery."

Pay-per-view sales for Friday's fight were reported to be exceeding expectations, which could gross Bowe more than $7 million. Holyfield, who paid his sanctioning fees, was expected to net more than $15 million.

Chess game

Eddie Futch, Bowe's trainer, said he was not surprised that Holyfield didn't move and box against the bigger Bowe, as had been expected.

Instead, from the opening bell, Holyfield carried the fight to Bowe, who, at 235, outweighed him by 30 pounds, and also had PTC a 3-inch height advantage.

"Knowing [Holyfield's trainer] George Benton as well as I do, I anticipated their fight plan," said Futch.

"They did the smart thing by having Evander move inside and try to nullify Bowe's punching room and power. Riddick had trouble in the early rounds catching him with clean shots, but we felt Evander would eventually tire, and he did."

Futch, 81, can now boast of having tutored six world champions. He also trained Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks and Trevor Berbick.

Healthy champion

Bowe thanked Dick Gregory and conditioning coach Mackie Shilstone for getting him in shape for his title challenge and giving him the energy and stamina to survive Friday's 12-round endurance test.

"It was that awful 'maggot juice' Gregory made me drink every day," said Bowe, who said jokingly that he planned to return to a fried chicken diet as soon as he got home. "But I felt 10 times stronger for this fight than I did for Tony Tubbs [a disputed victory] last year."

Said Gregory, a former comedian: "I feel a great thing has happened for world nutrition by Bowe winning. I didn't come to change his diet or fighting habits. I just came to get him ready. When we started out, Riddick weighed close to 280 pounds. But we got him down to a trim 235. We just gave him a complete overhaul."

Fight plans

If Newman's plans to match Bowe against George Foreman in China this spring fail to materialize, he said, Tommy Morrison, Ray Mercer or Michael Moorer are other possibilities.

Foreman, for now, has a January date against South Africa's Pierre Coetzer in Reno, but could try to buy out of that match for a more lucrative bout and a title shot against Bowe.

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