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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lewis Issues $45 Million Tyson Offer

LONDON -- Mike Tyson has been offered $45 million to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Britain's Lennox Lewis.


The offer was sent Tuesday by fax from Lewis's manager, Frank Maloney, to Tyson's promoter, Don King.


"This is an immediate response to Tyson's comments that he wasn't afraid to fight Lennox," Maloney said. "If he's not afraid, then he should accept my offer.


"Forty-five million dollars is a lot of money. It's a reflection of my confidence in Lennox and what I believe the fight is worth.


"I think Tyson wants this fight. He doesn't want to be known by the world as a coward, and that's what will happen if he doesn't fight Lennox."


Maloney said that although Tyson may want the fight, Don King may have other plans.


"Tyson himself said he wants to fight Lennox, but maybe he doesn't know what Don King has planned for him.


"Anything is possible in boxing," Maloney said.


"But I'm never convinced that I've secured a fight until the two boxers are in the ring."


Lewis, the No. 1 contender to the WBC title, accepted $4 million to step aside and let Tyson fight WBA title holder Bruce Seldon on July 13 in Las Vegas.


Lewis was told he would be Tyson's next opponent, but Tyson appears to have already made negotiations to fight Evander Holyfield in his next bout.


If Tyson does not agree to fight Lewis, then he will be stripped of his belt, and Lewis will fight the No. 2 contender Oliver McCall in September for the vacant title.


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James Toney, seeking a rematch with Roy Jones Jr., struggled to a unanimous decision over Charles Oliver in a light heavyweight bout.


Toney improved his record to 52-2-2 in the 10-round bout Tuesday night at Station Casino.


Oliver, spurred on by the crowd, dropped to 16-6-1.


Toney stayed near the ropes in the early rounds, allowing Oliver to tire.


In the fourth and fifth rounds, the crowd began to shout for "Charlie."


"He's a survivor," Toney said. "He took some hard shots."


Toney lost to Jones on Nov. 18, 1994, and now he wants him again.


"I worked hard and I think that I've proven that I'm the deal," Toney said. "It's time. Come on, Roy Jones Jr."