The World Boxing Council Friday scheduled June 8 purse bids for a heavyweight title fight between champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson and announced it is deviating from the standard pay split to accommodate the challenger.
The WBC's decision to order a 60-40 percent split in favor of Holyfield instead of the standard 75-25 sent the champion to court to fight the ruling. The injunction will be heard next week by New Jersey Federal Court Judge Amos Saunders.The International Boxing Federation originally set the purse bids for June 11 and had rejected a request from Tyson to alter the standard 75-25 split.
A purse bid is ordered when competing sides can't come to agreement on a salary purse.
Holyfield's last two fights have been the highest-grossing in history.
Dan Duva, Holyfield's promoter, who is currently in Palm Springs, Calif., to promote Meldrick Taylor's first defense of his WBA Welterweight title, was critical of the WBC ruling.
"This latest action by the WBC is clearly part of the continued conspiracy between (Tyson promoter) Don King and and (WBC President) Jose Sulaiman to steal the WBC Heavyweight Championship from Evander Holyfield and hand it over to Don King's fighter Mike Tyson.
"The conspiracy began in Tokyo when Sulaiman illegally withdrew WBC championship recognition from Buster Douglas and continued in October, 1990 when Sulaiman improperly ordered Holyfield to fight Tyson in his first title defense."
King, who was at a Friday news conference to hype Tyson's June 28 bout against Razor Ruddock was asked to compare Holyfield's drawing power to Tyson's. King cleared his throat several times and launched a diatribe:
"Evander Holyfield couldn't draw flies at a dump," said King.