Negotiations for a heavyweight rematch between Riddick Bowe and Andrew Golota are in full swing, even while attorneys continue trying to settle the issues of fines and license suspensions resulting from the post-fight riot that marred their bout at Madison Square Garden on July 11.
As a result of the riot, five persons identified as friends or relatives of Bowe were arrested and face hearings.
Bowe's promoter-manager, Rock Newman, was accused by the New York Athletic Commission of helping to fuel the melee that resulted in numerous injuries in and out of the ring. Bowe was ruled the winner on a seventh-round disqualification of Golota for repeated low blows.
The sum of $1 million, or one-fifth of Bowe's purse, is being held in escrow. Newman also faces possible suspension of his promoter's and manager's licenses.
Three days ago, Newman formally requested a hearing by the commission headed by former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson. In all likelihood, it never will reach that stage.
Over the past two weeks, commission attorney Larry Mandelker has been conferring with Bowe's attorney, Jeff Fried, and counsels for Spencer Promotions, the umbrella corporation that bears Newman's brother's name.
Meanwhile, Newman has been holding exploratory discussions with Dino Duva, of Main Events, Inc., which serves as promoter for the Polish-born Golota.
"They're definitely talking," said Main Events publicist Mike Boorman. "It's a fight everyone wants to see, but it will never happen as long as Rock insists on Bowe getting the lion's share [80 percent] of the revenue."
If possible, Newman and Duva would like to stage a pay-per-view rematch in early November.
Presently, however, that would conflict with a proposed Nov. 9 title bout in Las Vegas between Mike Tyson and ex-champion Evander Holyfield.
Pub Date: 8/24/96