Monday, March 15, 1999 Published at 16:22 GMT
Lewis-Holyfield rematch ordered
Don King (centre): Already negotiating a rematch
Boxing's three major governing bodies have ordered Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield to fight a rematch within six months after their controversially drawn world unification bout on Saturday.
The fight at Madison Square Garden would have brought all three versions of the heavyweight world title together for the first time since 1992 and had raised the prospect of the first undisputed British champion for more than a century.
The boxing world is still in uproar over the decision, which many pundits and most of those who watched the contest believed should have clearly gone to Lewis on points.
IBF President Bob Lee said he felt the three organisations had done "the most sensible thing".
"It's a shame there was so much controversy attached to this important fight," he said.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Banks said: "This was going to be an important occasion in boxing, when the two best heavyweights were going to have a unification fight, because there were three belts at stake.
Fears for Holyfield
Talk of the re-match is already dominating the boxing world and King is reportedly already in negotiations to organise a second encounter before the end of the millennium.
Lewis, 33, has already expressed his willingness to fight a rematch, but added that he was worried for the health of 36-year-old Holyfield.
In addition, there are television contracts to be negotiated and possible challengers to be fought. Holyfield could also decide that enough is enough and retire with his health intact.
South African judge Stanley Christoudoulou awarded the fight to Lewis 116-113, American judge Eugene Williams went for Holyfield 115-113 and British judge Larry O'Connor called the fight a 115-115 draw.