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Tyson Could Fight in N.J. in March

January 7, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Mike Tyson could fight Shannon Briggs in March in New Jersey. But first a few things must happen:

_Tyson stays out of trouble.

_Tyson beats British heavyweight champion Julius Francis on Jan. 29 in Manchester, England.

_Tyson gets a New Jersey boxing license. The proposed bout is for the Meadowlands complex in East Rutherford.

_Tyson doesn’t fight someone else.

``We’re also talking to Lou Savarese and to a couple of other names,″ Shelly Finkel, Tyson’s boxing adviser, said Friday from Las Vegas.

Beating Francis, who has a 21-7 record against mostly mediocre opponents, does not appear an obstacle.

Chances also appear good he will be licensed in New Jersey because he has been reinstated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The Nevada group revoked his license after he was disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield’s ears in 1997.

Larry Hazzard, commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, said he has not received an application from Tyson.

``I expect that if he does apply, it would be our obligation to treat him as any other fighters who applies at this juncture,″ Hazzard said.

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