Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lewis, King Argue over Rahman Bout

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Lewis, King Argue over Rahman Bout

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Lennox Lewis says he'll accept promoter Don King's $12.5 million offer for a rematch with heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman provided he gets certain guarantees.

No way, says King.

"I have no problem with Don King promoting my rematch with Hasim Rahman on Oct. 6, provided he backs up his offer of $12.5 million to buy out my promotional rights with certain guarantees within the week," Lewis said yesterday in London.

"Here's a guy who wants you to give him $12.5 million and wants to dictate the terms," King said by telephone from his office at Deerfield Beach. "If he wants to promote the fight, then give $12.5 million to me and Rahman."

CONTENDERS FIGHT IN CONEY ISLAND -- Big-time boxing returns to Coney Island, N.Y., tonight for the first time in more than 50 years.

Hector Camacho Jr. will fight Jesse James Leija in the featured 10-round super lightweight match at KeySpan Park, a minor league baseball stadium.

The 22-year-old Camacho (32-0, 18 knockouts) is the WBA's No. 1-ranked 140-pounder. Leija (42-5-2, 17 knockouts), a former WBC super lightweight champion, will turn 35 tomorrow.

In a 12-round heavyweight title bout, the first half of an HBO doubleheader that begins at 11 p.m., Kirk Johnson of Canada and Larry Donald will try to position themselves for a shot at the WBA crown held by John Ruiz.

Johnson is ranked No. 2 by the WBA, with Evander Holyfield listed third and Donald fourth.

-- OLYMPICS

EU PARLIAMENT OPPOSES BEIJING BID -- The European Parliament opposes Beijing's bid for the 2008 Olympics, citing China's "disastrous record on human rights."

In a resolution passed without a vote Thursday, the 626-member European Union assembly, meeting in Strasbourg, France, said the bid was "inappropriate."

"China's disastrous record on human rights makes Beijing an unsuitable venue for the 2008 Olympic Games," the parliament said.

The parliament's resolution has a largely symbolic value and is not binding on governments in the 15 EU nations or other EU institutions. …

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