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HOLYFIELD TO FIGHT AKINWANDE IN NEW YORK

Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is very close to finalizing a deal to fight Briton Henry Akinwande at Madison Square Garden in June, a Showtime television network spokeswoman said.

"It looks like June 6 but it is not a done deal," said Marina Capurro, a spokeswomen for the cable network that would broadcast the pay-per-view fight. "It's 95 percent there."

Negotiations are close enough that the fight could be set "hopefully by tomorrow," she added. "I'm looking to put on a press conference next week."

Holyfield is the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion and would be making a mandatory WBA title defense against Akinwande.

Holyfield has not fought since stopping Michael Moorer to unify the WBA and IBF titles in November.

The fight would mark the first heavyweight championship bout at Madison Square Garden since Feb. 6, 1993, when Riddick Bowe stopped Michael Dokes in the first round.

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