WASHINGTON -- The site and date of heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield's April title defense against George Foreman should be determined today when promoters meet with Donald Trump.
Trump, who bid $11 million to stage the fight in Atlantic City, N.J., will meet in New York with co-promoter Dan Duva and Holyfield's manager, Shelly Finkel. Trump, scheduled to make a payment of $2.5 million, has invoked a war clause in the contract, and is attempting to renegotiate a lower fee.
But Duva and co-promoter Bob Arum, have objected, and may shift the bout to Las Vegas, where it would be held about a week later that the April 19 Atlantic City date.
"If I don't get it [the check], we're going to be on the first plane west," Duva said yesterday during the final stop on a nationwide promotional tour.
Arum doesn't plan to attend today's meeting.
"I'm not going to talk to the guy [Trump] anymore," Arum said. "Dan and Shelly want to go hear what he has to say.
"I don't care what he has to say. They're going as a matter of courtesy, but there's no room to negotiate."
Arum said that unless Trump comes forward with the amount due, the fight will be shifted to Caesar's Palace.