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Tuesday, 16 March, 1999, 12:42 GMT
Has boxing lost its credibility?
Has boxing lost its credibility?
When boxing's fight of the decade ended in a dubious draw, it prompted more allegations that the sport is rife with dishonesty and corruption.

The New York showdown between heavyweights Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield should have been a glorious showpiece.

Instead it will be remembered as a farce - and orders for a rematch have done little to heal boxing's battered integrity.

But in a sport where controversy is common, was the draw such a surprise?

During the past decade, the noble art has become massive business. Boxing has also been split with more organisations putting forward "world champions".

The sad demise of ear-biter Mike Tyson from supreme champion to disgraced convict mirrors the sport's troubles.

Do you think Saturday's debatable decision indicates boxing is now no more than a means for promoters and TV companies to make millions?

Or do you accept that in a sport judged by three officials - mistakes can be made?

Tell us what you think.

Has boxing lost its credibility?

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