Originally created 05/29/99

Holyfield-Lewis in Vegas in November



LAS VEGAS -- Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis will fight a rematch for the undisputed heavyweight title in Las Vegas in November. Exactly when and where, though, remains to be decided.

A new deal between boxing promoter Don King and a major casino operator means the fight will take place in Las Vegas, most likely on Nov. 13.

King and Park Place Entertainment Corp. announced earlier this week that they have agreed to an 18-fight deal that includes the Holyfield-Lewis rematch.

Park Place owns the Las Vegas Hilton, Flamingo Hilton and Bally's in Las Vegas. It has also agreed to buy Caesar's Palace.

Park Place officials say the fight will either be at one of those properties or be held as a joint venture with another Las Vegas resort, presumably the new Mandalay Bay. Park Place was a co-host at Mandalay Bay of the Oscar De La Hoya-Oba Carr welterweight title fight last week.

If casino officials have their way, the Holyfield-Lewis fight would be on Nov. 6, which is seen as a better tourism weekend for the city. But HBO, which will televise it via pay-per-view on its TVKO network, wants it on Nov. 13 and has already tentatively scheduled it for that date.