April 12, 2000
New York - A New York court ruled today that the WBA Heavyweight title
formerly held by Lennox Lewis, will be stripped of the champion. Former
three-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and WBA #1 contender,
Johnny Ruiz of Chelsea, MA, will fight for the vacated title at Ceasars
Palace in Las Vegas, NV on June 10th.
Lewis was ordered to face the WBA leading challenger 180 days from
winning its title from Holyfield on November 13th, 1999. Instead, Lewis is
slated to meet Michael Grant, the WBA's 6th rated challenger on April 29th
at Madison Sqaure Garden in New York City.
A press conference is scheduled to officially announce the
Holyfield-Ruiz title bout this Tuesday at a venue in Boston.