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Holyfield Bout May Happen in August

July 14, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Evander Holyfield could fight Henry Akinwande in a mandatory defense of his WBC heavyweight title in late August or early September.

The fight was supposed to happen June 6 in Madison Square Garden, but was postponed after Akinwande tested positive for hepatitis B the day before the match.

Marina Capurro, vice president of communications for Showtime, said Tuesday that Dr. Donald Kaminsky interpreted Akinwade’s latest blood test as showing the residual strain of the virus in his system to be noninfectious, but that the doctor will seek other opinions.

``The fight could be Aug. 29 (in New York) or Sept. 5 (at Las Vegas)″ Capurro said. ``No one really knows now.″

``When the fight was postponed, we put a hold on Aug. 29, so that date is open,″ said Bill Jemas, executive vice president of Madison Square Garden Sports Group.

The fight would be carried on pay-per-view by Showtime Event Television.

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