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Lewis camp prepares for Klitschko again

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Published January 16, 2004

The trainer for Lennox Lewis believes the heavyweight champion will fight Vitali Klitschko in a rematch that could occur as early as April 24. "He has not made a commitment but I've told everybody in our camp to be prepared for an April or May fight," Emanuel Steward said.

Klitschko is preparing as if Lewis will fight. But he has heard nothing about a rematch: "Right now, everything depends on Lennox Lewis. That's why I'm waiting for confirmation. It's not just me. The broadcaster is waiting, many boxing fans are waiting."

Lewis, 38, has been secretive about his plans, leading to speculation that he will retire rather than take another risky bout against Klitschko, who engaged him in a bloody slugfest June 21.

"It's a tough way to go out with a fight like the last one," Steward said. "I think he wants to get it out of his way before finishing his career."

Lewis was losing on all three scorecards when the first fight was stopped and he was declared the winner because of cuts on Klitschko's face.

U.S. AMATEUR: DeAndrey Abron rallied in the final round for a 27-26 win over Jaidon Codrington in the quarterfinals at Colorado Springs. Tied at 26, Abron connected on an overhand right. "He was setting up for his big right hand, that's why he dropped his left. He was loading up with his right hand, and I just let mine go and my speed just got there first," said Abron, who is ranked fourth nationally at light heavyweight by USA Boxing. Light welterweight Devon Alexander, ranked fourth by USA Boxing in his weight class, defeated No. 9 Dominic Chavez 26-10. Unranked super-heavyweight Greg Corbin of Dallas won a 21-20 decision over No. 8 Michael Marrone. The top two finishers in each weight class qualify for the U.S. Olympic team trials in February in Mississippi.

AUTOS: At home on the track

As Kenny Brack's car pinwheeled at Texas Motor Speedway, there was only faint hope the driver would be alive. Brack became airborne at close to 220 mph and slammed into steel fencing. The former IRL champion did survive the October crash and after a series of surgeries, he's planning a return. "Oval racing is the most dangerous form of motorsport there is because of the speeds and the lack of runoff areas and stuff like that," he said. "That's something that we have to deal with. It's possible to come back to a normal life and a career in racing."

HORSE RACING: Familiar name honored

Terry Houghton was named jockey of the week at Tampa Bay Downs. Houghton, a two-time champion at the track, posted 11 wins in the first six racing days. Through Tuesday, he was third in the Tampa standings with 24 wins, behind Jesus Castanon (29) and Joe Judice (30).

RUNNING: Appeals process biased?

Regina Jacobs, the nation's top middle-distance woman, will challenge the appeals process established for Olympic sports, saying it is biased against accused athletes. Jacobs tested positive for the steroid THG. She said she never knowingly took banned substances and that the arbitration process established by the anti-doping agency lacks neutrality.

ET CETERA

COLLEGES: Ryan Lochte won three events as visiting Florida (6-1) defeated Texas A&M 152-148 in swimming. With the Aggies (5-1) needing to finish 1-2 in the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, UF clinched by finishing second in 2:59.16. Florida's Ryan Sherry had two wins in the main singles draw of the SEC Indoor Tennis championships in Athens, Ga. He defeated Georgia's Ricardo Gonzalez 6-1, 6-4 and Vanderbilt's Greg Sossaman 6-1, 6-1.

CYCLING: The Kelme team, barred from the Tour de France because of financial problems, will receive $2.5-million from the Spanish government. It will find out today if it can ride in this year's second-tier events.

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