Mike Tyson May Seek Fight in Nov.
Apr. 13, 1998
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Mike Tyson could return to the ring in November if Nevada boxing officials give him back the license they revoked for biting Evander Holyfield's ears, an adviser to Tyson said Monday.
Jeff Wald, who has been advising the former heavyweight champion since his split with promoter Don King, said a November date would probably be the earliest Tyson could fight again because of time needed to train and put together a fight.
Tyson can apply for reinstatement July 9, the first anniversary of his license being revoked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for biting Holyfield in the third round of their June 28 heavyweight title fight.
Wald, though, said no decision has been made on whether Tyson will reapply for his license immediately. Earlier, he said it might be late August or early September before Tyson asks for his license back.
``There's been no decisions,'' Wald said Monday. ``We're concentrating on getting his life in order now. After that we'll decide on his boxing life.''
Nevada boxing officials say they have heard nothing from Tyson or his new advisers on a possible bid for his boxing license. If Tyson is rejected by the commission, he would have to wait another full year before reapplying.
``We haven't heard anything from Tyson or his advisers,'' commission executive director Marc Ratner said.
With less than three months left before Tyson has a chance to get his license back, commission members say they have made no decisions on his return and have not been lobbied by anyone on Tyson's behalf.
``If it weren't for phone calls from the press, you wouldn't even know this thing was happening,'' said Dr. James Nave, an influential commission member. ``Not one boxing person or one hotel has talked to me about this and July is not far away.''
Tyson has been training in a Las Vegas gym in recent weeks as his new group of advisers tries to chart his boxing future.
Tyson, who split from King in February, claims to still have plenty of money but reportedly owes millions in taxes and has encountered cash flow problems. Tyson made $140 million in purses in six fights since his release from prison in 1995, but half that money went to his co-managers and King, according to contracts contained in court records.
Tyson has gone to court to try and void his contracts with King and co-managers John Horne and Rory Holloway, but the legal proceedings are in their formative stages and there has been no ruling on whether he break the contracts and fight for his new advisers.
Wald, a Hollywood agent who helped promote George Foreman's recent bouts, said there have been no decisions on possible future opponents, either. If he gets his license back, Tyson is expected to fight a mediocre opponent, then try for a third fight with Holyfield.
``Maybe the first opponent will be Don King,'' Wald said.