Hazzard defends Tyson license!


Published: June 24, 2004

New Jersey State Athletic Control Board commissioner Larry
Hazzard has defended his decision to grant Mike Tyson a boxing license, and took dead aim at Governor James McGreevey and other grandstanding politicians who are grabbing headlines by vowing to block Iron Mike from fighting in the state. “In my 19 years as commissioner, I’ve never had to notify the governor’s office or the attorney general, or any other agency, of a decision involving a boxing matter,” Hazzard was quoted as saying in the Newark Star-Ledger. “It has always been my judgment. I’m here to run boxing, and that is what I do…this is part of a Catch-22 situation. I head an agency that needs revenue for survival. Mike Tyson has been clean for some time now, and if he chooses to fight here, it will help the industry.” Hazzard also told the paper he resents strong forces in government trying to dictate who should fight or not fight.

Source: fightnews.com

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