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Monday, March 1, 1999 Published at 16:05 GMT


Herbie in a huff

Hide: Wants to step out of the shadow of Holyfield and Lewis

Herbie Hide is unhappy that the fight between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield's fight later this month is being billed as the unified heavyweight championship.

The Norwich-based fighter will defend his WBO title against an as-yet unnamed opponent on April 3 at London's Royal Albert Hall and is furious that his name is not being mentioned in the heavyweight shake-up.

"How can Lewis against Holyfield be for the undisputed title when my belt is not involved?" Hide said.

"I don't give a damn who wins, Lewis or Holyfield.

"I hope after 12 rounds there is going to be a good beating up for both of them, that they smack the life out of each other."

Hide was to have defended his title on February 13 against American Orlin Norris, but the fight was cancelled on five day's notice when the champion developed a skin allergy.

He has not fought since stopping German Willie Fischer in two rounds last September.

"I'm fully fit now and fortunately I only missed a couple of days' training," Hide said.

Hide is due to make a mandatory defence of the WBO crown against Germany's European champion Vitaly Klitschko by the end of May.

Julius Francis will defend his British heavyweight crown against Danny Williams on the same bill.

The pair have been scheduled to meet twice before with Francis pulling out of the first date with a viral infection and Williams withdrawing from last month's rearranged contest with a cut eye.

"I think it will take me 18 months before I am able to mix in the class of people like Herbie. But as soon as I do, then the world is my oyster," Williams said.

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