Territory off ropes again in ring call

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 December, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 December, 1994, 12:00am

HONG KONG is being considered as a possible venue for a fight between former heavyweight champions Evander Holyfield and Mike Weaver in February.

But Holyfield's promoters, Main Event, say that is just one of several scenarios under discussion for the fighter who quit for health reasons after losing his titles to Michael Moorer in April.

Despite the 'High Noon in Hong Kong' fiasco, Bert Sugar, editor of New York-based Boxing Illustrated magazine, said he had spoken to two people involved in the deal who claimed the contract was signed.

'That's just a rumour,' said Donna Brooks of Main Event yesterday.

'There's nothing definite yet. Holyfield and Main Event are working on several possibilities. Hong Kong is one but there are other sites, other venues and other opponents.' Main Event are meeting with Holyfield this weekend to try and nail down more specifics.

In the wake of his April loss to Moorer, Holyfield was found to have a weakened left ventricle of his heart which prevents sufficient oxygen from being pumped to muscles and tissues.

Armed with some alternative medical opinion which says he is perfectly fit, Holyfield is in the process of applying for a licence to fight from the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Holyfield's health would be a determining factor, said British boxing writer Claude Abrahams yesterday.

Speaking from London, Abrahams said: 'He must be passed fit to fight but it's likely that he will be cleared by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. If he is, then he will almost definitely fight in the US and not Hong Kong.' The Hong Kong Boxing Association was unaware yesterday of any moves to stage Holyfield v Weaver in the territory.