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Tyson Pays Fine For June Fight

October 4, 2000

LONDON (AP) _ Mike Tyson has finally paid a $187,500 fine for late hits to Lou Savarese in their heavyweight fight in June.

The fine was levied because Tyson continued to throw punches after referee John Coyle stopped the fight 38 seconds into the first round.

Tyson also paid $1,500 in costs.

By paying up, Tyson can now pursue another fight in the country, but a British Boxing Board of Control spokesman expressed doubt the fighter would get approval.

Calling Tyson’s return ``highly unlikely,″ board secretary general Simon Block said, ``There is nothing statutory preventing him from coming back here, however ... I don’t anticipate Mike Tyson making an application in the foreseeable future.″

After knocking out Savarese, Tyson went into a tirade against heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, saying: ``I’ll rip his heart out and feed it to him,″ and ``I want to eat your children.″

The board did not fine Tyson for the comments but reprimanded him.

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