King's offer to Lewis

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Don King is offering $12.5m (£9m) to Lennox Lewis for a rematch against Hasim Rahman, who took the WBC and IBF heavyweight titles from Lewis in South Africa in April.

The promoter disclosed the offer at a news conference yesterday to promote his show in Beijing on 5 August, when John Ruiz will defend the WBA heavyweight title against Evander Holyfield.

"Hasim Rahman is ready to fight Lennox Lewis anywhere, any time," King said. "We're offering $12.5m to Lennox Lewis, which is more money than he got for going in as a champion and getting knocked out."