Lennox Lewis, who stopped Tommy Morrison at 1:34 of the sixth round of a scheduled 12-round heavyweight bout Saturday night in Atlantic City, N.J., said yesterday that he wants to fight Frank Bruno next.
Bruno holds the World Boxing Championship belt once worn by Lewis.
The WBC voted last year to make the winner of the Lewis-Lionel Butler fight the mandatory challenger for the title, then held by Oliver McCall, who had stopped Lewis Sept. 24, 1994.
Lewis, ranked No. 2 by the WBC, stopped Butler in the fifth round May 5. Last month, Bruno outpointed McCall and inherited McCall's mandatory defense, which he likely will make in March. A lot of people in boxing, however, say it will be against Mike Tyson.
China's Li Xiaoshuang wins all-around gold
China's Li Xiaoshuang won the men's all-around gold, beating 1993 world champion Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus, 57.998 points to 57.499, at the World Gymnastics Championships in Sabae, Japan.
Lilia Podkopayeva won the women's competition for Ukraine's first gold medal. Russia's Svetlana Chorkina was second. U.S. women's champion Dominique Moceanu was fifth, missing a medal by .2 of a point after a strong finish with 9.8 on the uneven bars. Kerri Strug, in her first world all-around final, was seventh. Shannon Miller was 12th.
Blaine Wilson was first among U.S. men, finishing 25th in a field of 36. Four-time national champion John Roethlisberger placed 30th and Jair Lynch 31st.
Boetsch defeats Courier to win Toulouse Open
Fourth seed Arnaud Boetsch became the first Frenchman to win a tournament in two years, beating top seed Jim Courier, 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-0, in the final of the Toulouse (France) Open.
Schalken wins: Sjeng Schalken, 19, of the Netherlands beat second seed Gilbert Schaller of Austria, 6-4, 6-2, in the City of Valencia (Spain) final for his first ATP Tour title.
Majoli triumphs: Seventh seed Iva Majoli, 18, of Croatia upset France's Mary Pierce, the second seed, 6-4, 6-4, to win the European Indoors in Zurich, Switzerland, for her first professional title.
Rios victorious: Fifth seed Marcelo Rios of Chile beat unseeded Mark Philippoussis of Australia, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, to win the Salem ATP in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Northern Spur edges Sandpit in Oak Tree
Northern Spur, neck and neck with Sandpit entering the final turn, drew off at the eighth pole for a 1 1/2 -length victory in the
$300,000 Oak Tree Invitational at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
Northern Spur covered 1 1/4 miles on the turf in 2 minutes, 2 1/5 seconds and paid $11.40, $3 and $3.40 at 9-2 odds.
Wiseman leads Greater Detroit Open
Danny Wiseman of Baltimore leads the PBA Greater Detroit Open in Taylor, Mich., after two rounds with a pinfall of 2,787. Brian Voss is eight pins back.
Nike, NFL reach 5-year licensing deal
The NFL, suing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones over his deals with Nike and Pepsi, has signed its own five-year licensing deal with the Oregon shoe company, the New York Times reported.
Alexander reinstated: South Carolina State lifted the suspension men's basketball coach Cy Alexander. There is no word on the NCAA investigation that prompted the suspension.
Zepeda runs to win: Mexican Raphael Zepeda won the Twin Cities (Minn.) Marathon in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 9 seconds. Gwyn Coogan of Boulder, Colo., was the women's winner at 2:32:58.
Forsbrand wins: Sweden's Anders Forsbrand won the $1.2 Mercedes German Masters in Motzen by two strokes over Bernhard Langer. . . . Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah, won the PGA Club Professional Championship in La Quinta, Calif.
Riders on the storm