King seeking an early rematch

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Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson could be back in the ring in March or June, if you believe the noises coming from Tyson's American promoter Don King.

It is understood that an agreement was reached stipulating the date of a rematch, before Holyfield's incredible defeat of Tyson on Saturday night, but nothing is certain as the various camps, including Britain's Lennox Lewis, manoeuvre for a title bout with the new World Association champion.

King has a promotional agreement for Holyfield's next fight, but he is a long way from calling the shots in the champion's career if he fights on.

"When Don King has on paper means nothing. We will always be Evander's promoters. He will listen to us," Holyfield's promoter, Dino Duva, said.

Lewis fights Oliver McCall for the vacant World Council title in January, but any unification fight with Holyfield is fraught with complications.

Michael Moorer and Lewis's fellow-Briton Henry Akinwande retained, respectively, their International Federation and World Organisation titles on the Tyson-Holyfield undercard in Las Vegas.

All the world title holders now want the most lucrative fight in boxing and Lewis's manager, Frank Maloney, said: "When Lennox regains the WBC title I do believe Holyfield will want to fight him. He has gone on record as saying that Lennox is the heavyweight everyone is running away from. I think Holyfield will want to prove a point."

At the moment, Holyfield wants to enjoy his victory and consider his future later. After joining Muhammad Ali as the only man to win a world heavyweight title three times, he has nothing more to prove.

On Friday, however, Holyfield faces Tyson again to do a live commentary on the fight replay. Maybe then King can get to work on a live repeat of one of the greatest upsets in boxing history.

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