After lengthy negotiations, agreement was finally been reached between Lewis's handlers, Panos Eliades and the New Jersey-based Main Events, and Akinwande's promoter, Don King.
The fight will be shown in Britain at midnight on Sky TV and will run on from a promotion in this country featuring the British featherweight champion, Paul Ingle. Lewis will have a part share of a promotion which could net him in excess of pounds 2m, while the King-Akinwande package will be pounds 1.25m.
Atlantic City is a happy hunting ground for the 31-year-old Lewis, winning three of his fights in the New Jersey gambling resort. Lewis regained the title by defeating a mentally confused Oliver McCall in Las Vegas in February. The unbeaten London-born Akinwande, also 31, has relinquished his World Boxing Organisation crown for this chance as the official WBC's mandatory contender.Reuse content