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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 June, 2003, 17:42 GMT 18:42 UK
Tyson arrested after hotel brawl
Mike Tyson
Tyson has been involved in a series of violent incidents outside the ring
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has been arrested after a fight with two men outside a New York hotel.

Police say he was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct following the fracas outside a hotel in Brooklyn where he was staying.

The boxer was treated for minor cuts after the other men apparently swung at him with an object taken from the hotel lobby.

The two men were also arrested and charged with menacing behaviour and harassment after the fight at 0530 local time.

Their names were not immediately released.

Man of violence

The brawl is the latest in a long line of violent incidents involving Tyson.

The boxer was convicted of rape in 1992 and was sentenced to six years in prison - serving three years before being released on parole.

In 1997, he bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear during a bout.

Tyson's Nevada boxing licence was suspended for a year, and he was fined $3m.

In 1999, he was released from a Maryland jail after serving three-and-a-half months for assaulting two motorists.

Last year, he threw a punch at Lennox Lewis' bodyguard at a news conference announcing a fight between the two, setting off a brawl between Tyson and Lewis.

The BBC's Jane Standley
"Tyson's history does make the situation more serious"

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