posted on Apr, 19 2003 @ 06:53 PM
Detroit Free Press - April 18, 2003
Fight fans might get to see a big-name doubleheader at Ford Field in June.
Detroit businessman Bill McCrary said Thursday that he will try to stage a proposed twin heavyweight card featuring WBC champion Lennox Lewis and
former title holder Mike Tyson. McCrary said the event would take place June 21 and hoped Ford Field would be selected as the site.
As McCrary spoke, HBO and Showtime were attempting to thrash out details and a location for the card, in which Lewis and Tyson would fight against
different opponents on pay-per-view.
Tyson's manager, Shelly Finkel, said the fights likely would be held at Staples Center in Los Angeles. But McCrary and Emanuel Steward, Lewis'
trainer, think Ford Field is a possibility.
"Timing is everything, and we hope we're not too late," McCrary said. "Ford Field would be a super venue for the doubleheader. It would put this city
where it should be on the fight map. It would be a big-time social event."
Steward, boss of Detroit's famous Kronk Gym, agreed. "I believe the card will be held in Los Angeles or Las Vegas, but Ford Field would be ideal," he
Lewis and Tyson fought for the heavyweight crown in June at Memphis, Tenn., with Lewis winning by knockout. Lewis likely would fight Kirk Johnson on
the June 21 card, with Tyson meeting Oleg Maskaev or Ray Mercer.
"I've been working with a small group of investors to bring the card to Detroit," McCrary said. "We've got the money to back it."
McCrary said he had talked to Ford Field management about the promotion.
Joan LeMahieu, general manager at Ford Field, confirmed McCrary's interest.
"We're in the business of hosting big events," she said. "We've had the Rolling Stones here and have Eminem performing at Ford Field in July. We are
happy to work with any promoter who comes to us for date availability."