Boxing: Lewis favours London fight

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LENNOX LEWIS is set to return to London for his World Boxing Council heavyweight title defence on 23 or 24 September. Panos Elaides, Lewis's main backer, said Wembley Arena was the 'hot favourite' venue for the fight with the mandatory challenger, Oliver McCall.

Windsor, Ontario, was the original favourite but Lewis wants to stay at home, even though it will mean a cut in his purse of about pounds 1m. He said: 'I don't want any problems with a decision in America, although I hope that would never happen.'

Lewis's management team will negotiate the unification fight with Michael Moorer later this week.