- Title: SOUTH AFRICA: RIDDICK BOWE SAYS HE IS READY TO FIGHT LENNOX LEWIS
- Date: 18th October 1995
- Summary: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (OCTOBER 19, 1995) 1. WIDE ANGLE PRESS CONFERENCE 2. REPORTERS 3. SOUTH AFRICAN WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION MPUSH MAKHAMBI SAYS HE DID NOT EXPECT THE OFFER OF A FIGHT IN THE UNITED STATES AND IS GRATEFUL TO RIDDICK BOWE (ENGLISH) 4. CUTAWAY 5. BOWE'S INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE ALEXIS DENNY SAYS BOWE WANTS TO FIGHT IN SOUTH AFRICA, IT WAS A MAJOR GOAL FOR HIM WHEN HE VISITED THE COUNTRY IN 1993 AND MET NELSON MANDELA. HE WANTS TO COME BACK IN MARCH. WE HAVE HAD DISCUSSIONS PRIOR TO THE LENNOX LEWIS-TOMMY MORRISON FIGHT (WON BY LEWIS) IN OCTOBER TO MAKE A MATCH BETWEEN BOWE AND LEWIS. LEWIS DOES NOT ALWAYS TAKE THE MATCHES OFFERED TO HIM BUT WITH OR WITHOUT LEWIS RIDDICK BOWE IS COMING TO SOUTH AFRICA (ENGLISH) 6. CUTAWAY REAR VIEW OF PRESSER 7. MAKHAMBI TRAINING Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
- Country: South Africa
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- Story Text: Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe wants to fight Britain's Lennox Lewis in South Africa in March 1996, it was revealed on Wednesday (October 18).
Bowe's international representative, Alexis Denny, told a news conference in Johannesburg that they had been negotiating with the Lewis organisation since before his fight against Tommy Morrison last month. Denny said Bowe had wanted to fight in South Africa since he visited the country in 1993 and met President Nelson Mandela.
The planned fight is one part of a three-pronged effort by Bowe to help boxing in South Africa. His manager, Rock Newman, has invited South African welterweight champion Mpush Makhambi to appear on the undercard of Bowe's next fight, his third meeting with Evander Holyfield, in Las Vegas on November 4.
Newman has also invited several black South African promoters to discuss a possible alliance for projects in the United States.
Makhambi said he had not expected such an opportunity to come his way and he was grateful to Bowe.
He also said he felt this would give him a chance to show the potential he feels people have seen in him and he knew that he would "come out a victor".
Denny said: "We don't want to bring in armies of people from the U.S. for fights in this country. Instead, we want to empower the people who are already in the business over here so that we can contribute something to the local economy." She said that Bowe wanted to fight before an audience of between 15,000-20,000 people in South Africa and was flexible about the exact venue. Bowe is also willing to accept considerably less from the purse than the nine million dollars he will earn from the Holyfield fight.
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