Saturday, May 04, 2002
Tyson admits biting Lewis
The Associated Press
NEW YORK Mike Tyson admitted biting Lennox Lewis' leg during a news conference melee that led to the loss of the former heavyweight champion's Nevada boxing license.
I did bite him, Tyson told FOX News Channel in an interview scheduled to air Saturday night.
Tyson earlier apologized for the Jan. 22 brawl during a news conference in New York, but refused to say whether he bit Lewis.
After Tyson was denied a license to face Lewis in Las Vegas, the fighters agreed to a June 8 bout in Memphis, Tenn.
On Friday, Tyson explained himself in statement released through spokesman Scott Miranda.
I said I bit Lennox because that is what everyone wanted to hear. I will say anything to get under his skin, the statement said. But on June 8, flesh will not be enough. I will take Lennox's title, his soul and smear his pompous brains all over the ring when I hit him.
Tyson was suspended from boxing in 1997 for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during a bout in Las Vegas.
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