The June 21 Lennox Lewis-Kirk Johnson heavyweight-championship fight,
scheduled to air on pay-per-view, has been moved to premium network Home Box
Office, sources close to the situation said.
The PPV event was to include the Lewis-Johnson fight, as well as a Mike
Tyson-Oleg Maskaev clash, but fight distributor HBO PPV was unable to sign Tyson
to a contract.
HBO PPV representatives could not be reached for comment at press
While a Lewis-Johnson fight on its own merits is not nearly the PPV draw it would be with Tyson, In Demand L.L.C. vice president of programming and development Dan York said the PPV provider was prepared to distribute the event.
"We're extremely disappointed that HBO pulled the event from PPV after everything was in place to televise the event -- with or without Tyson -- and instead decided to air it on HBO," York said.