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LEWIS, BRUNO TO BATTLE IN BRITAIN’S RICHEST BOUT

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First the Charles and Di battles grabbed headlines. Then Fergie and Andrew had their much-publicized rows.

Now Britain's battling royals are getting some competition - the biggest and richest fight in British boxing history, between Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno, was announced Thursday.The fight is being billed as "History in the Making" - a British heavyweight champion - Lewis - defending his title against another Briton on Oct. 1 at Cardiff Arms Park in Wales.

"This is not just a fight, it's an event," Lewis' manager, Frank Maloney, said. "People are going to take their grandchildren to see it. We'll probably never see it again."

Bruno's promoter, Mickey Duff, did not show up at the press conference.

"I'd say it's 2-1 we have a deal," Duff said. "The basic principles in the contract are OK. Some of the language and small points need to be looked at, but I'm sure none of them is a deal-breaker."

"There's nothing really substantial to be ironed out," said Dan Duva, Lewis' American promoter. "This time, there is definitely going to be a fight."

Maloney said the bout will start at 7 p.m. MDT and be shown live in the United States on HBO. He projected the fight will generate $12 million to $13.5 million.

Duva predicted the fight will have a considerable following in the United States.

"I think it will be tremendous," he said. "I liken it to the Julio Cesar Chavez-Greg Haugen fight that drew 100,000 fans in Mexico City. When an event draws that kind of interest, Americans take notice."

Lewis, the WBC champion, is expected to receive up to $6 million for his second defense. Bruno, taking his third crack at the world title, should receive $1.5 million.

The fight came about after Lewis' scheduled defense against American Tommy Morrison was put off until next year. Duva said Morrison, who has since lined up two other fights, is committed to meet the winner of the Lewis-Bruno bout next March in Las Vegas.

A unification bout against Riddick Bowe, who holds the WBA and IBF crowns, is not expected until next summer.

Maloney hopes for a turnout of 40,000 at Cardiff Arms Park, home of Welsh rugby. Duff, who had wanted to hold the fight at Wembley Stadium near London, said he expects no more than 20,000.