Boxing: Duva makes dollars 10m rematch offer to McCall

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The Independent Online
DAN DUVA of Main Events, the New York company that has a promotional interest in Lennox Lewis, has offered the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, Oliver McCall, dollars 10m ( pounds 6.5m) for a rematch with the man he beat for the title a fortnight ago.

Duva made the offer to Don King, who holds promotional rights to the new champion, according to a statement from Main Events. 'Instead of wasting time babysitting the title by fighting Moe, Larry and Curly for chump change, McCall should step up to the plate and fight a real fighter for serious money,' Duva said. 'The only way McCall will ever see this kind of pay-day is if he breaks into King's house.'

The McCall camp, however, rejected the offer. 'It looks as if they're learning from me,' King said. 'It's the kind of thing I would have done.' McCall's first defence is likely to be against his fellow American, Peter McNeeley.

With Michael Moorer holding the other versions of the title, it is believed that King, who handled Mike Tyson, wants to keep McCall out of danger until Tyson gets out of jail so that he can retain some control of the division.