Boxing: Holyfield overture to Lewis

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The Independent Online
THE WORLD Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, has said he wants to fight Lennox Lewis but has hedged his bets on a Mike Tyson rematch.

Holyfield has just defended his IBF title with an unconvincing points win over the unfancied Vaughn Bean. His next opponent is scheduled to be Henry Akinwande, while Lewis will this weekend put his title on the line against Croatia's Zeljko Mavrovic in Connecticut.

Holyfield said of Lewis, the World Boxing Council champion: "I'm looking forward to fighting him. He's a wanted man." The promoter Don King has also described Lewis as "wanted", and any deal could be worth pounds 13.5m to Holyfield for the chance to unify the major belts.

Tyson must undergo psychiatric tests before a Nevada Athletic Commission panel will consider ending the ban imposed upon him last year for biting Holyfield's ear in a title fight.

Holyfield, with two victories already over the former champion, said he would fight Tyson again if he could regain a heavyweight title. "If he becomes a champion again, I guess I will have to," Holyfield said.