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Mike Tyson News: Tyson Considering a Fight at MCI Center

Posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2005 @ 08:13:59 UTC by tysonian

Mike Tyson's manager, Shelly Finkel, said yesterday that he hopes to arrange another comeback fight for the former world heavyweight champion and was looking at MCI Center as a possible venue. But Finkel acknowledged that the bout has not been finalized and an opponent has not been chosen.

Tyson would also need to be granted a license by the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission. He has not yet applied for one.

"Nothing has come to our attention," said Arnold McKnight, a D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission member.

Tyson, who lives in Phoenix, appeared at a popular music festival in Rome last week and said he would fight in Washington, according to a report by Reuters news service. Tyson turns 39 on June 30 and has not fought since being stopped in four rounds by British journeyman Danny Williams last July.

"It looks that way," Finkel said when asked if rumors about the fight at MCI Center were true. "He's in good shape."

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Tyson has flirted with fighting in Washington in the past. In 2002, Finkel attempted to engineer a championship bout between Tyson and titleholder Lennox Lewis for the city after Tyson was denied a license in Nevada.

Citing Tyson's 1992 rape conviction and his biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear in a 1997 bout, the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission held a public hearing on whether the fighter should be licensed in the city.

Area religious leaders, feminists and the Greater Washington Board of Trade lined up against Tyson, but, after a raucous, decidedly pro-Tyson public hearing and a four-hour psychological examination, the commission voted to approve the license.

The fight, however, wound up in Memphis, and Lewis dominated before Tyson was counted out on one knee in the eighth round.

As with all D.C. boxing licenses, Tyson's 2002 license was good for one year, so Tyson would have to reapply. If he did, the commission would carefully consider the application.

"After we get together with our legal and our advisory arm, we would proceed with caution," McKnight said. "We'd be concerned about the well-being of the fighter. He hasn't fought in a while. We'd err on the side of safety. . . . We'll move forward to what's best for the city and the fighter."

Finkel said yesterday that Tyson's prior experience with the commission paved the way for him to consider the fight in June. "They licensed us and they've been nice to us," he said.

Tyson could not be reached for comment.

Finkel said that June 25, an open date at MCI Center, would be the potential fight date.

"We have had a number of discussions with boxing promoters for possible upcoming events, but we have no agreements, contracts or confirmed dates at this time," said Matt Williams, a spokesman for Washington Sports and Entertainment, which operates the arena.

Several boxing Web sites have reported Tyson (50-5) would face journeyman Bob Mirovic, provided the Australian fighter wins a bout Saturday night in Germany. Finkel said Mirovic is not being considered for Tyson, but declined to name other potential opponents.

Tyson, one of the most devastating punchers in boxing history, became the youngest heavyweight title holder at age 20 when he knocked out Trevor Berbick for the WBC crown in November 1986.

After unifying the division's three principal championship titles, Tyson gained universal acclaim by knocking out undefeated Michael Spinks in one round in June 1988.

Source: washingtonpost


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