Deal struck for unification bout March 13

November 20, 1998|By COX NEWS SERVICE

ATLANTA -- After eight weeks of conference calls and facing a possible repeat of last year's fizzled negotiations, officials zTC representing Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis finally have reached an agreement in principle for a heavyweight title unification March 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

"We have a deal," said Milt Chwasky, an attorney representing Lewis, whose camp resolved some final issues with promoter Don King and pay-per-view distributor Time Warner late Tuesday.

Time Warner executive Lou DiBella said, "Other than some signatures, there's nothing really stopping this now."

The fight, which officially will be announced Nov. 30, will unify Holyfield's World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation belts and Lewis' World Boxing Council title. Holyfield will earn at least $20 million. Lewis and his promoters will take in a total of $9.5 million.

Pub Date: 11/20/98

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