The London law firm Class Law said it had been instructed to bring a claim on behalf of two groups of spectators who either went to see the bout or viewed it on satellite television. The 8,000 people who travelled from the UK spent a total of pounds 20m on travel, accommodation and tickets for the fight, said a spokesman for the law firm, Stephen Alexander.
The fight was declared a draw, despite widespread belief that Lewis, a Briton, had beaten his American rival.
Mr Alexander said the claims were being brought against the promoters, the holiday companies and the New York Boxing Board of Control. "They want a return of the money spent on the trip on the basis that what they saw was not a fair and proper fight," he said. "The law suits may be brought in both the UK and the New York courts."
Holyfield yesterday signed up for a rematch with Lewis in September. The contest will earn the boxers $20m (pounds 12.5m).
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