TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ In yet another bizarre turn of events, Mike Tyson withdrew his application Thursday for a New Jersey boxing license, hours before regulators were to rule on it.

The reason was unknown. His lawyer, Anthony Fusco Jr., announced the change of heart late Thursday. He said he was told by a member of Tyson's camp _ he wouldn't say whom.

``The message was from Mr. Tyson that he has decided to withdraw his application. He asked me to respect his wishes and not make any comment or speculation. As his lawyer, I have to do that.

``I honestly don't know why,'' Fusco said.

The state Athletic Control Board was scheduled to decide Friday whether Tyson, who was banned from boxing last year for biting the ears of Evander Holyfield during a title fight in Las Vegas, could return to the ring in New Jersey.

At a July 29 hearing before the board, Tyson apologized for biting Holyfield and presented a parade of character witnesses who urged regulators to give him another chance.

But at the end of the hearing, Tyson got angry and refused to read a prepared closing statement. Then he swore in front of regulators, demonstrating the self-control problem that continues to nag him.