Evander Holyfield's promoter charged hotel operator Steve Wynn with trying to delay the heavyweight title fight between Holyfield and James "Buster" Douglas so Douglas would have a better chance of winning.
Dan Duva made the accusation and also asked a judge in New Jersey to order Wynn's Mirage hotel-casino in Las Vegas to keep its original Sept. 21 date for the championship fight. The motion will be heard Aug. 3 in New Jersey Superior Court before Judge Amos Saunders.
Duva claimed the Mirage stands to lose money on the Douglas-Holyfield fight and can only make it up if Douglas wins and fights former champion Mike Tyson in a rematch at the resort. Wynn, however, said the only reason he wants the fight moved to Oct. 25 is to have time to properly promote the bout.
"It doesn't matter to me who wins," Wynn said. "The only reason I'm postponing this is I need all of August and September to get ready to host this fight."
Wynn, who won a purse bid by putting up $32 million, announced the new date Tuesday after settling a breach of contract suit brought against him and Douglas by Don King.