Sporting Digest: Boxing

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THE world heavyweight championship unification bout between Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis will not be sanctioned by the International Boxing Federation. Bob Lee, the IBF president, said that the American No 1 contender, Michael Moorer, was the scheduled first opponent for Holyfield.

PROFESSIONAL PROMOTION (Grosvenor House, London): 12rd light-heavyweight for vacant WBO Penta-Continental title: G Delaney (West Ham) bt R Albert (Guyana) rsf 3rd. 6rd heavyweight: S Welch (Brighton) bt C Gaffney (Leeds) rsf 3rd. 6rd lightweight: P Gallagher (Tottenham) bt K Taylor (Birmingham) pts. 8rd featherweight: J J Irwin (Doncaster) bt P Harris (Swansea) pts.