Bowe and Lewis end talks without reaching agreement

February 11, 1993|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

The managers of heavyweight champions Riddick Bowe and Lennox Lewis moved farther apart -- literally and figuratively -- on their negotiations for a title showdown this summer.

Rock Newman, who handles Bowe, the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation champion, yesterday flew with Bowe to Los Angeles, where the boxer will make a guest appearance in "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," a television show.

Frank Maloney, manager of Lewis, who owns the World Boxing Council belt, returned with Lewis to their native England last night after a meeting Tuesday night with Newman, representatives of Time Warner and Dan Duva, president of Main Events Inc., failed to produce a signed contract.

Maloney was holding firm for a $10 million guarantee, a figure Newman told the New York media he had offered. But it is Duva's role as middleman in the negotiations that muddies the water.

When Duva controlled undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, he agreed to give a title shot to Bowe last November with the stipulation that, if Bowe won, Duva would receive 28 percent of his future title earnings.

Newman agreed, but in negotiating with Maloney, he was trying to cut Duva out of his share, and thus the $10 million figure was misrepresented.

Even though talks broke off, Newman told The Associated Press that the two sides might meet again tomorrow in New York.

In trying to resolve this stalemate, Newman offered several novel options to the Lewis camp. He proposed a winner-take-all contract, with the loser guaranteed $1 million to cover expenses.

Maloney countered with a $20 million and $6 million winner-loser split, but Newman balked.

Meanwhile, Lewis appears close to setting up a title match with Tony Tucker, the WBC's No. 1 contender, for May 8 in Las Vegas.

Also in Las Vegas, Newman and a member of Bowe's entourage have been charged with misdemeanor battery in the beating of a photographer as they climbed into the ring after Bowe won the title from Holyfield last November.

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