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BBC Sport's John Rawlings
"It's set to be battled out in the courts"
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Lewis's former promoter Panos Eliades
"I gave him a crown and now he wants the head"
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Frank Maloney on Lennox Lewis' next fight
"The facilities are first-class"
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Tuesday, 20 February, 2001, 09:35 GMT
South Africa to stage Lewis fight
Lewis's fight will be in South Africa and on the BBC
Lewis's fight will be in South Africa and on the BBC
World heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis's next title fight will be in South Africa, his manager Frank Maloney has confirmed to the BBC.

The bout with American Hasim Rahman will take place on 21 April at Carnival City, near Johannesburg, Maloney told BBC Five Live.

"I visited the site last week and the facilities look fantastic. They were really first class," Maloney explained.

"The only difficulty is that the venue is 6,000ft above sea level, so we will have to move the team out there at least four weeks before the fight to acclimatise," he said.


"I gave him the crown and he has taken my head
  Lewis's former promoter Panos Eliades

The fight will be at night to accommodate US television, he added.

It will also be broadcast live on BBC television and radio as well as on BBC Sport Online.

Meanwhile, Lewis's former promoter Panos Eliades has said that he is suing the fighter for 1.5m.

Eliades, who has split from Lewis after 11 years, says he is owed the cash following the boxer's fights against David Tua and Frans Botha.

'Yes men'

He said he had not spoken to the boxer since his last fight in November and said their relationship was very strained.

"I gave him the crown and he has taken my head," said Eliades.

"Lewis has surrounded himself with 'yes men' who will not answer back and I have always told him how it is.

"If he paid me $10m today I'd walk away but he won't pay me 10 cents. We're not going to get any settlement there - it's got to go legal."

"I think he is trying to show me who is boss and who has the power," Eliades added.


Panos Eliades has no right to hold himself out as promoting any future Lennox Lewis bouts
  Lewis statement

However, the Lewis camp later issued a statement, which attempted to distance itself from Eliades.

"Panos Eliades has no right to hold himself out as promoting any future Lennox Lewis bouts or representing Lennox Lewis in any capacity whatsoever in relation to any future bouts.

"A complaint has been lodged on behalf of Lennox Lewis with the British Boxing Board of Control alleging misconduct by Mr Eliades arising from breach of the board's rules and regulations by Mr Eliades.

"As a result of this, Lennox Lewis is seeking withdrawal or suspension of British Boxing Board of Control licences held by Mr Eliades."

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