TYSON COULD LOSE LICENSE PERMANENTLY.Byline: Daily News Wire Services
Mike Tyson's boxing license could be revoked, ``never to return,'' at a penalty hearing today that could keep him out of the sport indefinitely for biting Evander Holyfield's ears.
Tyson might walk away from the hearing with no boxing license and no idea when he will be allowed to fight again if Nevada boxing officials follow a recommendation from prosecutors.
A quirk in Nevada law and the desire by boxing regulators to fine Tyson the maximum allowed means his license could be revoked for good instead of simply being suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission An athletic commission is an organization which oversees and promotes athletics in a state. For example, the Nevada State Athletic Commission oversees boxing and mixed martial arts. .
Tyson would be able to reapply Re`ap`ply´
v. t. & i. 1. To apply again.
reapply vi → volver a presentarse, hacer or presentar una nueva solicitud
after a year, and once a year after that, but there is no guarantee he would ever get the license back.
``The license will be gone forever, never to return,'' said Joe Rolston, the deputy attorney general prosecuting Tyson. ``The only way Mr. Tyson can get it back is to reapply every year and the commission will have to decide at that point.''
Other states would be required by a new federal law to honor Nevada's revocation The recall of some power or authority that has been granted.
Revocation by the act of a party is intentional and voluntary, such as when a person cancels a Power of Attorney that he has given or a will that he has written. , meaning the career that has made Tyson $140 million during the past two years could be in jeopardy.
``It's a very important decision and one each commissioner has to look to themselves to make,'' commission member Dr. James Nave said. ``Suspension is suspension. Revocation is permanent.''
Tyson is expected to personally plead for his boxing career when the commission meets in a packed City Hall council chambers.
``I only ask that this not be a lifetime ban,'' he said last week.
The proceeding could take less time than the fight itself, which lasted three rounds, or could drag on Verb 1. drag on - last unnecessarily long
last, endure - persist for a specified period of time; "The bad weather lasted for three days"
2. for a few hours, depending on how Tyson's attorneys handle his defense. Commission members limited television coverage to a single pool feed and issued media credentials in an effort to control the meeting.
``I guarantee you it will not be a circus,'' commission chairman Dr. Elias Ghanem said. ``I will not allow it.''
Holyfield, now touring South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. , said earlier that a year's ban from boxing wouldn't be enough for the bites Tyson inflicted on him in the richest fight in history.
``Most boxers only fight one time a year,'' Holyfield said. ``He (Tyson) probably needs a year off to get himself better anyway. He probably needs the rest. The penalty is probably going to have to be a little more extensive than that.''
Tyson is not legally required to appear, but Rolston said he expected Tyson would show up to try to convince commissioners not to revoke his license.
``I have every reason to believe he probably will be attending,'' Rolston said. ``Even if he pleads guilty, we'll still have a few questions to ask him. And if he decides to defend himself on the charges, we'll put him on the stand and he will be subjected to numerous questions.''
Tyson has already admitted biting Holyfield's ears before being disqualified dis·qual·i·fy
tr.v. dis·qual·i·fied, dis·qual·i·fy·ing, dis·qual·i·fies
a. To render unqualified or unfit.
b. To declare unqualified or ineligible.
2. June 28 during their WBA WBA West Bromwich Albion (English Soccer Club)
WBA World Boxing Association
WBA Weekly Benefit Amount
WBA Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (Madison, WI)
WBA Wireless Broadband Access heavyweight title fight.
The commission basically has two options: Suspend Tyson for up to five years and fine him a legal maximum of $250,000, or revoke his boxing license - a move that allows a maximum fine of $3 million.
``I don't think a suspension is a viable option because of the difference in the amount of money the commission can fine Mr. Tyson,'' said Donald Haight, the commission's legal adviser. ``I think most commissioners feel a $250,000 fine is really a mere pittance pit·tance
1. A meager monetary allowance, wage, or remuneration.
2. A very small amount: not a pittance of remorse. when you're looking at a $30 million purse.''
The five commissioners have been tight-lipped tight·lipped also tight-lipped
1. Having the lips pressed together.
2. Loath to speak; close-mouthed. See Synonyms at silent. about their intentions, saying they will wait to hear from Tyson and his attorneys before deciding what to do.
Nave, one of the most influential commissioners along with Ghanem, said there has been no pressure from Tyson's camp or promoter Don King. But the veterinarian veterinarian /vet·er·i·nar·i·an/ (vet?er-i-nar´e-an) a person trained and authorized to practice veterinary medicine and surgery; a doctor of veterinary medicine.
n. said everyone who brings an animal into his office wants to know what he will do.
``Every client that walks in wants to talk about it,'' Nave said. ``I tell them we've got a job ahead, and what's wrong with your dog?''
It will be the second time in five years that the 31-year-old Tyson finds his future in the hands of a group of people who will decide his fate.
Unlike February 1992, when he was convicted of raping Desiree Washington Desiree Washington (born 1973), a native of Coventry, Rhode Island, was an eighteen-year-old Miss Black America beauty pageant contestant representing her home state of Rhode Island when she accused boxer Mike Tyson of raping her in an Indianapolis hotel room on July 19, 1991. , however, Tyson will not do time this time. He served three years in an Indiana prison and is still on probation. That prison sentence, though, seems to have affected his boxing abilities, and an indefinite license revocation could erode those skills further at an age when heavyweight boxers generally begin to decline.
``I don't think you will see the same Tyson again,'' veteran trainer Angelo Dundee Angelo Mirena (born August 30, 1921 in Philadelphia, PA), better known in the boxing world as Angelo Dundee, is a boxing cornerman who has worked with 15 world boxing champions, including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Jose Napoles, George Foreman, Jimmy Ellis, Carmen said. ``His skills will definitely erode. They already eroded during his time in prison.''
It is possible Tyson could fight overseas while trying to get his license back, but because he's on probation he might not get permission to leave the country. Fighting overseas might also be seen by the boxing commissioners as thumbing his nose at the penalty.
Public opinion, meanwhile, is running against Tyson.
The athletic commission said that by a 3-1 margin a heavy flow of letters and faxes were calling for stiff penalties for the former champion.
WILL CAREER BE KO`D?
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has two options when it meets today to determine Mike Tyson's punishment for biting Evander Holyfield's ears during their June 28 fight in Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. .
OPTION 1: SUSPEND TYSON
Could put boxer's career on hold for up to five years.
Maximum legal fine is only $250,000.
OPTION 2: REVOKE TYSON'S LICENSE
Increases maximum fine to $3 million.
Tyson could reapply for license after one year, and if unsuccessful, every year after that.
PHOTO (color) no caption (Mike Tyson Noun 1. Mike Tyson - United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion (born in 1966)
Michael Gerald Tyson, Tyson and Evander Holyfield Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield (born October 19, 1962 in Atmore, Alabama) is a professional boxer from the United States and a multiple world champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. )
BOX: WILL CAREER BE KO`D? (see text)