Opposition unlikely to dissuade D.C. from licensing Tyson

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2002

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It would take a surprise, last-round knockout to keep Mike Tyson from getting a boxing license in Washington. The judges' scorecards are already well in his favor going into Tuesday's public hearing.

While there's sure to be plenty of passion on both sides, the hearing by the D.C. Boxing and Wrestling Commission is approaching mere formality. The three-member panel bypassed protocol with an unofficial 3-0 vote in Tyson's favor last month, and they've given every indication that the actual vote, which is expected immediately after the hearing, will go the same way.

''I think I've given the impression that we've been favorable,'' commission vice chairman Michael Brown said Monday. ''I haven't said it's a done deal.''

Brown said the commission is unlikely to be dissuaded by emotional arguments.

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