Collins' bout on ropes
By DONAL SCULLY
THE jinx of High Noon in Hong Kong has struck again as one of the re-scheduled bouts from the abortive title card is on the brink of being cancelled for the second time.
The WBO middleweight title clash between holder Steve Collins of Ireland and American Lonny Beasley, scheduled for tomorrow in Boston, was in jeopardy again yesterday because Collins was ill with a mystery virus.
The original bout in Hong Kong was one of four-fight package called off at the eleventh hour because guarantees of the fighter's purses were not honoured.
A spokesman for fight promoters Top Rank yesterday said the Collins camp had withdrawn their ailing man late on Monday night.
But Barry Hearn, of Collins' promoters Matchroom, claimed they were going to give Collins another doctor's check-up today, the day of the fight.
'It seems to be a jinxed fight doesn't it?' said Hearn.
Meanwhile, the man who claimed that former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield would fight in Hong Kong, has toned down his predictions.
On Saturday Bert Sugar, editor of Boxing Illustrated magazine, said Holyfield, who has been out of boxing since being diagnosed with a heart condition in April, would fight former champion Mike Weaver here in February.
But yesterday Sugar said: 'The one definite thing is that Evander Holyfield is making a comeback.
'If he passes a rigorous medical test in Nevada, he will fight in the US. If he fails then it will be in Hong Kong or China.'