Mike Tyson has relinquished his WBC heavyweight title rather than face No. 1 contender Lennox Lewis, promoters Dino Duva and Panos Eliades said.
Duva and Eliades said a purse bid for a championship fight between Lewis and No. 2 contender Oliver McCall will be held Thursday. Eliades and Duva, who runs Main Events, co-promote Lewis.
According to Eliades, Tyson gave up the WBC title as soon as he stopped Bruce Seldon to win the WBA championship earlier this month. That was one of the terms of a binding contract signed by both sides.