Boxing: Lewis wins $8m award

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The Independent Online

Lennox Lewis has been awarded $8m (£5.7m) after a New York court yesterday found in his favour against his former promoter, Panos Eliades.

Eliades had been suing Britain's World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation world heavyweight champion for breach of contract. After two days of deliberations the jury found in favour of Lewis, who was counter-suing the promoter.

"It has been a very long trial and I am satisfied that justice has been done today," Lewis said. "I can now concentrate on my boxing career."

The Governor of Georgia, Roy Barnes, intensified his criticism of Mike Tyson yesterday, calling him a "sexual predator" and asking the Georgia Boxing Commission to rescind his licence to fight in the state.

Since being denied a boxing licence last month by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Tyson's promoters have been looking for other sites for his intended heavyweight title bout against Lewis. Atlanta, Georgia, has emerged as a candidate, along with Los Angeles, Colorado and Texas.