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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