In professional boxing the truth means different things to different people, which is why a High Court writ on behalf of Lennox Lewis was issued yesterday against Frank Bruno and the World Council.
The truth as Lewis sees it is that, having overcome Lionel Butler in a final eliminator earlier this year, he holds priority over Mike Tyson as official challenger for the WBC heavyweight title Bruno took recently from Oliver McCall.
In Bruno's mind, the truth is that he would earn a great deal more from defending against Tyson, who was automatically ranked above Lewis by the WBC after completing a three-year prison sentence.
As Tyson is expected to meet Bruce Seldon for the World Association championship in March next year before challenging Bruno, the action instituted by Lewis and his associates comes as no surprise. Considering that Tyson's promoter, Don King, wields a great deal of influence with the WBC president, Jose Sulaiman, there was no other route to follow.
A big snag for Lewis is that his American promoters, the Duva organisation, Main Events and Sulaiman, are barely on speaking terms. Another is that the American cable network, Home Box Office, that has Lewis under contract is not excited by the idea of Bruno as his next opponent, even for the title. "When Lennox defended against Bruno it did not amount to a great deal over here," Abraham said a few week ago after Lewis stopped Tommy Morrison in Atlantic City.
Unquestionably, HBO would prefer Lewis to go in with Riddick Bowe, who is facing Evander Holyfield next week in Las Vegas but, for the time being at least, it does not figure on Lewis's agenda. "I'll box anybody," he said yesterday. "I definitely want to fight Bowe at some stage, but I want Bruno first."
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