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Tyson To Have Role in WrestleMania

January 16, 1998

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Mike Tyson will have a role in Wrestlemania XIV, promoters said today. Just what the former heavyweight boxing champ will do there remains to be seen.

The World Wrestling Federation said Tyson could be a referee, an announcer or maybe even as a wrestler at the bout in Boston in March.

``It could be anything,″ Jay Andronaco, a federation spokesman, said today.

Tyson’s camp did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Tyson will declare his intentions Monday night on the federation’s wrestling program, ``Raw is War,″ on the USA Network. The show is being broadcast out of Fresno, Calif.

``The World Wrestling Federation and Mike Tyson even separate are a tremendous force. Put them together and they are pretty much unstoppable,″ Andronaco said in early burst of promotion for the event.

WrestleMania XIV will take place at the Fleet Center in Boston on March 29.

Although still barred from boxing, Tyson has begun training for a possible rematch with Evander Holyfield, saying he doesn’t want to go down in boxing history just as a fighter who bit off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear in their championship meeting last June 28.

He was stripped of his license after the June fight but is eligible to regain it in July.

Holyfield has said he would not rule out a third fight against Tyson, who became the youngest heavyweight champion in history in 1986 before his career went into a tailspin with a loss to Buster Douglas, a rape conviction and prison term.

Tyson said he is training in Phoenix so he can be prepared physically and mentally if he gets his license back.

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