Boxing: British board to discuss ban on Tyson

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The Independent Online
The British Boxing Board of Control will decide next week whether to ban Mike Tyson from fighting in Britain after his disqualification in Las Vegas for biting Evander Holyfield's ear.

The BBBC chairman, Leonard Read, is recommending the ban, and he wants stiffer measures included to stop British fighters taking on the former world heavyweight champion abroad. Read, who described Tyson's attack as "cannibalistic", will also write to the European Boxing Union asking them to extend any ban to the whole of Europe.

He said: "I would want my Board to say that if any of our members was to suggest they wanted to take on Tyson abroad then we would lift their licence."

The BBBC have already written to the Nevada Athletic Commission recommending a life ban when they meet to decide the fighter's punishment on Wednesday.