Details expected to be announced Tuesday

Updated: May 1, 2005, 4:55 PM ET
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK -- Olympian Jermain Taylor may soon get a shot at the world middleweight title.

Taylor, bronze medalist in the Olympics in 2000, and current title-holder Bernard Hopkins have scheduled a joint news conference for Tuesday in New York to announce their intentions to fight for Hopkins' title.

"I haven't seen the signed contract, but Hopkins has executed a longterm contract with HBO," Taylor promoter Lou DiBella said. "We will have everything signed before the press conference. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this fight will happen."

Two weeks ago, both sides said such a fight was all but dead, but they managed to work out terms acceptable to the camps of both fighters.

The final stumbling block was a deal between HBO and Hopkins, and that issue was resolved Friday. A news release from Hopkins' management said he had signed an agreement with HBO.

"This long-term deal with HBO will help make this final road trip a reality as I get closer to hanging up my gloves," Hopkins said in the news release.

Tuesday's news conference is planned for the Copacabana restaurant in Manhattan, a site that has hosted many prefight news conferences.

DiBella said the details of the fight will be confirmed at the news conference.


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