Bowe's manager Rock Newman said he had offered Lewis a dollars 10m ( pounds 7.1m) purse, with an alternative, winner-take-all deal that could produce a pay-out of dollars 30m.
Frank Maloney, Lewis's manager, said he would accept dollars 10m, but various deductions would reduce Lewis's take to about dollars 4m.
Lewis said yesterday: 'I don't think Bowe's afraid to fight me. I think Rock Newman's afraid to fight me.' Newman's lawyer Milt Chwasky said: 'The most disappointed person is Riddick because he definitely wants the fight.'
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