Is the fight fixed? The fix-is-in rumor swirls around every championship fight, but it really picked up steam in Memphis as the week progressed. The Boston Globe's Ron Borges reports that Panama Lewis has appeared in Tyson's camp. Lewis was last seen rigging another fighter's gloves, which landed him in jail for a year and got him banned from ever working as a corner man again.
ESPN.com columnist Wally Matthews says that after the fight, Lennox Lewis' promoter, Gary Shaw, plans on leaving the Lewis camp to form a partnership with Tyson's manager. So, gee, wouldn't it be in Shaw's best interest for Lennox to drop the bout? The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Michael Katz hears the same rumor, and points out that Shaw approved all three fight judges. Shaw is also the referee's former boss.
Memphis has seen worse: Finally, the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Geoff Calkins ranks the city's five greatest bouts. Among them: Elvis Presley vs. a filling station attendant, and singer Al Green vs. his girlfriend.
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