Boxing: Tyson-Lewis `Is Doubtful'
Mannion, Ken, The Independent (London, England)
THE FUTURE of the richest fight in history still hung in the balance yesterday as rape allegations, licensing difficulties and psychological concerns all threatened Mike Tyson's bout with the world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.
Lewis's former manager, Frank Maloney, said he felt the fight was unlikely to happen at all, although a spokesperson for the Amsterdam ArenA - one of the venues bidding to stage the event following the refusal of the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier this week to grant Tyson a license to fight in Las Vegas - later said she had been told the bout would probably now take place in Texas.
"I think it's heading towards a no-fight situation," Maloney said. "How can you put a man the world thinks is unstable into the ring?"
Lewis, who holds the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation belts, has said he is prepared to fight Tyson anywhere in the world.
Alternative venues all over the world have expressed interest in staging the bout, but Lucia Jansen van Velsen, a spokesperson for the 51,000-capacity Amsterdam ArenA, said yesterday: "We want it and it was a possibility, but I have just heard that Texas will give a license to Tyson so I do not think it will come here now."
Promoters in South Africa and Denmark are interested in staging the fight, and Tyson's manager Shelly Finkel has said California could host the fight. …
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