Foreman, Moorer bout appears to be off again Possible Tyson fight complicates situation

January 08, 1996|By SPORTSTICKER

The on-again/off-again heavyweight title fight between George Foreman and Michael Moorer, set for Feb. 29 at Madison Square Garden, may be off again, according to Newsday.

The fight was supposed to be the last for Foreman, 46, but he and promoter Bob Arum were quoted last week in the Los Angeles Times talking about a possible fight between Foreman and Mike Tyson this summer.

Tyson is scheduled to fight for the World Boxing Council title in March and may seek a huge money fight with Foreman in the summer or early fall.

The two later retracted their statements, but Newsday reported that Time Warner, which owns the TVKO pay-per-view service, is asking Arum to indemnify it against possible losses suffered because of those remarks. Time Warner says the bout would lose appeal if it were not Foreman's finale.

Foreman reportedly was to earn $9.6 million for the fight, and Moorer was to get $3 million.

Moorer, who lost his title to Foreman, may turn his attention to either Riddick Bowe or the eventual International Boxing Federation champion, Francois Botha.

The reported cancellation would be a blow to the Garden's resurgent boxing program.

The facility will be host to a light heavyweight bout between Roy Jones and Merqui Sosa on Friday.

The fight is the centerpiece of the Garden's 25th anniversary celebration of the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier bout, which took place March 8, 1971.

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