Boxing: Doubt over Lewis fight

PANOS ELIADES, the promoter, believes there is no chance of a heavyweight unification rematch between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, despite claims by Don King that the fight is definitely on.

Eliades said: "I'm having great difficulty in putting the fight together and in my opinion I think this fight is not going to take place."

Eliades' claims are supported by executives of Home Box Office, the television channel that was expected to show the fight live. They say no deal has been struck for a Lewis-Holyfield re-match, despite King's public declaration that the two fighters will face each other again. King had announced a deal with a Las Vegas casino firm for hosting rights. Madison Square Garden had been vying with Las Vegas bidders for a chance at the re-match.

Eliades said: "King made his statement last week saying he's signed a six-fight deal including Holyfield-Lewis. But he's nowhere near signing Holyfield-Lewis - he's signed Holyfield but HBO and King are at loggerheads. They can't get it together and it looks like it could fall away unless I can do a deal where King and HBO accept my proposition."

Eliades, speaking on Sky Sports' Ringside boxing programme, also dismissed King's claims that the fight would happen in Las Vegas. He said: "If he's not the promoter that casino doesn't have the fight. I have an agreement with Mandalay Bay, they've offered me pounds 10m for Lewis Holyfield. So if I promote the fight Mandalay Bay get the fight."

Television company officials in Las Vegas, who came to an extraordinary agreement to create the first fight that ended in a controversial draw last March at Madison Square Garden in New York, have also dismissed King's claims.

Lou DiBella, an executive with HBO, who along with Showtime own pay-per- view rights to the two fighters, said: "There's no deal. There are some problematic issues that need to be worked out."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Account Manager / Media Sales - OTE up to £30,000

£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This award-winning company, whi...

Recruitment Genius: Senior Software Developer

£40000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique & exciting opp...

Recruitment Genius: UX Consultant

£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will be working with a 8 st...

Recruitment Genius: Part-time Editor

£8000 - £12000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A unique opportunity has arisen ...

Day In a Page

A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

David Starkey's assessment
Oliver Sacks said his life has been 'an enormous privilege and adventure'

'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'
Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago
Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition

Orthorexia nervosa

How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

Set a pest to catch a pest

Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests
Mexico: A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life

The dark side of Mexico

A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life
Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde. Don't tell other victims it was theirs

Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935