Tyson vows to return `in 1998'

Boxing
If there were ever any doubts that Mike Tyson intends to box again, he dispelled them yesterday when he stated his determination to be back in the ring, possibly as early as next year, after having his licence revoked by the Nevada Athletic Commission for biting Evander Holyfield's ears in a World Boxing Association title bout on 28 June.

But the British Boxing Board of Control believes that a year out of the sport would amount to little more than a slap on the wrist.

Simon Block, assistant general secretary of the BBBC, said: "The acid test will be at what stage the Nevada Commission feel able to grant Mike Tyson a licence and I believe that if it is in a year's time there will be a feeling of disappointment around the boxing world.

"This was a major incident in a world heavyweight championship contest and a year out for a professional boxer is not a long time."

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