Tyson-Lewis fight postponed


KUALA LUMPUR, AFP

A planned fight in Malaysia between heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis has been postponed from next month to an unspecified date early next year, organisers said Thursday. “Negotiations with Mike Tyson and the contender (Lewis) have now reached the final stage and the fight will be held during the first quarter of next year,” Abdul Latif, Promote Classic’s public relations manager, said in a statement. Promote Classic, the organiser, initially fixed the fight for January 21 and tickets have been sold. Abdul Latif said the public would be told of the exact date by early next year. “The much awaited boxing event will still be held in Kuala Lumpur as promised although there has been a slight delay,” he said. Abdul Latif said ticket holders are advised to hold on to their tickets while those who prefer to get refunds would be able to do so. If negotiations are finalised, the fight will be held at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. The stadium, venue of the Commonwealth Games two years ago, can accommodate 100,000 spectators.

The last major fight held in Malaysia was 25 years ago between Muhammad Ali and Joe Bugner.