Tyson denied a boxing license by Nevada

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2002

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Mike Tyson was denied a boxing license Tuesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

It means Tyson cannot challenge WBC-IBF heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis at the MGM Grand, but the action does not kill the fight because Tyson could be licensed by another state or another country.

The commission's 4-1 vote came one week after Tyson and Lewis were involved in a melee at a New York news conference.

''I'm not Mother Teresa,'' Tyson said during the hearing. ''I'm not Charles Manson either. Just treat me equal.''

Tyson left the hearing before the vote was taken, but it was clear at that point that he was going to be rejected.

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