Tyson faces Friday hearing on latest antics

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Mike Tyson will have to wait a few more days to collect the $8.7m he made for his aborted fight with Orlin Norris. And when he finally gets his check, he could find a few dollars missing.

Mike Tyson will have to wait a few more days to collect the $8.7m he made for his aborted fight with Orlin Norris. And when he finally gets his check, he could find a few dollars missing.

Nevada boxing regulators will meet on Friday to discuss Tyson's latest antics in the ring, and decide whether to take any action against him for a late blow that prematurely ended his fight with Norris after the first round on Saturday night.

Tyson could be fined for his actions, but the Nevada Athletic Commission is not expected to take any action to suspend Tyson from the ring or change the decision in the fight from a no contest to a disqualification.

The commission chairman Dr Elias Ghanem does not view what happened on Saturday as serious as Tyson's biting of Evander Holyfield's ears. That cost Tyson $3m and got him banned from boxing.

"If there was a disqualification it would have been a different ball game," Ghanem said. "When he [referee Richard Steele] deducted two points, that means the fight could continue. That's the big difference."

Steele's ruling in the ring that the left hook that dropped Norris after the bell sounded was not deliberate may help Tyson avoid any penalties for the late blow, which ended the fight when Norris dislocated his knee on the way down to the canvas.

"The important thing is that it was an accidental foul and that was the determination that was made," said Marc Ratner, the commission's executive director.

Under Nevada law, which was changed in the wake of Tyson's biting of Holyfield, a boxer's can be fined his entire purse for an infraction.

Tyson is not expected to attend Friday's commission meeting, which was called in the wake of the ending that caused fans to boo both fighters.

He said after the fight that he did not hear the bell, even though it rang five times as Steele moved in to try and separate the fighters in the middle of the ring.

Ratneis after the bell. But he noted that hitting after the bell is relatively common in fights. Felix Trinidad did the same thing to Oscar De La Hoya twice in the middle rounds of their welterweight title fight last month, and was not penalized.

Steele took two points from Tyson after Norris went back to his corner. But the fight did not resume after Norris said he could not continue because of an injured knee.

An MRI exam showed his knee had been dislocated, and doctors said Norris might need surgery.

Norris said he did not think Tyson hit him deliberately after the bell. He said it was loud in the ring and hard to hear the bell.

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