SFA hopes to draw Tyson to Hampden

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The Scottish Football Association have put Hampden Park forward to host a Mike Tyson fight as they seek to boost stadium's income and profile.

Tyson's next fight is scheduled for Milan in May, but the SFA want to join the list of candidates to stage his chosen bout after that in the autumn.

The SFA assumed control of Hampden, which remains heavily in debt, earlier this month and are keen to maximise the potential of the 52,000-capacity stadium by hosting non-football events. The SFA chief executive, David Taylor, said: "We are having a look at the possibility of staging a Mike Tyson fight.

"We understand he is looking for a suitable venue and we are looking for suitable events. It would be a great opportunity to generate revenue, though it would depend on him being allowed into the country."

The prospect of any fight going ahead in Glasgow must remain slim however with Tyson having already had interest from Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam as well as the United States.

The International Boxing Organisation world flyweight title fight between Zolile Mbilyi and Sandro Oviedo at the New Connaught Rooms in London tomorrow night will be the first world championship bout to be broadcast live on the Internet.

Fight fans will be able to watch live video coverage of the seven-card event at www.fightnight.com, as well as listening to audio commentary provided by TalkSPORT radio.

Lennox Lewis has promised to turn Michael Grant's dreams of title glory into a nightmare when the pair meet in New York later this month. The 27-year-old challenger, unbeaten in 31 fights, is confident that he can cause a big upset against Lewis. The American said: "I've predicted that Lennox Lewis is going to get knocked out, I don't know which round he'll get knocked out in, but I've had a dream."

But Lewis brushed aside those boasts by replying: "He'd better wake up and apologise because people from that camp are always having dreams and they never come true."