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HOLYFIELD'S MIND NOT ON AKINWANDE

Evander Holyfield's next opponent may be Henry Akinwande, but that's not the boxer who concerns him most.

At a news conference in New York announcing the Holyfield-Akinwande title fight on June 6 at Madison Square Garden, Holyfield spent more time discussing a unification bout with Lennox Lewis or a rematch with Mike Tyson.

A heavyweight unification fight was thwarted this winter when Holyfield and HBO could not agree on the financial figures. With that fight on the back burner, Lewis went on to face Shannon Briggs, whom he beat Saturday, and Holyfield will take on Akinwande.

After the fight, Lewis suggested that all the talk about Holyfield contributed to a slow start against Briggs. While Holyfield was preoccupied with Lewis on Monday, he said that won't hinder his preparation for Akinwande.

"I think that is a sorry excuse," Holyfield said.

Holyfield, who last fought on Nov. 8 against Michael Moorer, is expected to earn about $10 million for the Akinwande fight. Akinwande is expected to earn $2.5 million. The fight will be shown on Showtime pay-per-view and promoted by Don King, who goes on trial today for insurance fraud.

In other boxing news, Jane Couch won her sexual discrimination case against the British Boxing Board of Control in London for its refusal to grant her a license.

Couch, the Women's International Boxing Federation champion, plans to sue for damages after being forced to turn down a $16,000 fight at Wembley Arena.

The board argued that women should not be licensed to box because pre-menstrual tension made them unstable.
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