Wednesday, January 30, 2002

No license, Lewis fight for Tyson

The Associated Press

        LAS VEGAS — Mike Tyson was knocked out of a rich fight against Lennox Lewis when he was denied a boxing license Tuesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

        The commission voted 4-1 against giving Tyson a license for an April 6 bout against heavyweight champion Lewis at the MGM Grand, saying Tyson could not control his emotions.

        “I didn't think I was going to get licensed, but (adviser) Shelly Finkel was forcing me to come anyway,” Tyson said after the hearing.

        Tyson, who can apply for a license outside Nevada, was ordered to appear before the commission because of a brawl at a news conference last week in New York.

        Asked if he thought there would be a fight somewhere April 6, Tyson said: “No, it doesn't look like there'll be a fight. I don't know.”

        The commissioners faced a dilemma, because the fight would have meant millions of dollars to the Las Vegas economy.

        But the commissioners said they based their decision on Tyson's actions and not the effect losing the fight would have on the economy.


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