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LEWIS' TRAINER BANS BLACK SHOES, LONG TRUNKS

Emanuel Steward isn't quite sure what color shoes Lennox Lewis will wear into the ring in Atlantic City on Saturday night, but he's certain Lewis won't dare wear "tough guy" black.

That's because Steward forbids any of his fighters from wearing black boxing shoes.

"Black wears you down, they're like wearing boots," Steward said after he and Lewis put some finishing touches on their game plan for the Briton's defense of his World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title against American Shannon Briggs.

"The lighter the colors the lighter you feel," Stewart said.

The droopy-drawered look made popular by professional basketball players and turned into fashion statements by city youngsters is not allowed in Steward's gyms.

"I don't like the trunks way down here," Steward said, pointing to his shin. "Think about it, all that extra material, must be six inches, and it all gets wet and heavy."

In other boxing news, former Olympian bronze medalist Antonio Tarver (9-0) remained undefeated as a pro, going into the eighth round for the first time to earn a unanimous decision over Charles Oliver (18-7-1) in Robinsonville, Miss.

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