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Tyson Sunday, 25 June, 2000, 02:08 GMT 03:08 UK
Anger as Tyson walks it
Tyson
Mike Tyson celebrates his controversial victory
BBC Sport Online's Alasdair Lamont reports from Hampden Park

An overwhelming air of disappointment hung over the crowd leaving Hampden Park after another boxing non-event.

Having been kept waiting until 2350BST, the paying public found themselves heading for the exits before midnight as Lou Savarese was helped from the arena.

Both Mike Tyson and Savarese ended the evening considerably better off than the disgruntled, out-of-pocket crowd.

All that remained was for the former world heavyweight champion to lower his reputation yet further with some ill-advised remarks about eating Lennox Lewis' children.
Protest
Protesters make their point
The evening began with a spirited protest by representatives from women's rights groups, the Scottish National Party and other concerned parties.

A crowd of around 50 people voiced their objections to Tyson's appearance in Britain as the oblivious fans began to stream in to the stadium.

A heavy police presence at one stage seemed to out-number the crowd which eventually reached around 20,000.

Torrential rain

There was an omen of what was to come when the heavens opened during a break between undercard fights.

An already chilly evening became downright miserable as torrential rain battered the covered Hampden pitch, forcing those with ringside seats to seek temporary shelter in the stands.

Things began to warm up slightly during the WBU super-middleweight contest between title holder Silvio Branco and challenger Robin Reid.

Between rounds four and five, the giant screens showed fight promoter, Frank Warren, arrive to a cacophony of boos from the crowd.

As Branco edged towards a unanimous points decision, it appeared the Tartan Army had turned up at Hampden as a number of uncomplimentary songs regarding England's Euro 2000 failure did the rounds.
Buchanan
Scots boxing great Ken Buchanan arrives
The temperature was raised even further as Zab Judah saw off Junior Witter to retain his IBF light-welterweight title.

Pictures of Tyson arriving at the stadium and then limbering up in his dressing room flashed up on the giant screens to the delight of the crowd.

The watching Frank Bruno and Chris Eubank also earned the applause of the Glasgow crowd, though the loudest cheer of the night was reserved for the streaker who flaunted his wares prior to the final round of the Judah fight.

At 2345BST Tyson finally arrived in the arena to a warm greeting.

Disbelief

Savarese had arrived a couple of minutes earlier to a round of boos - the crowd clearly had a favourite, and it was not the amiable Italian-American.

But that was as good as it got for Savarese as he hit the deck before the echo of the first bell had died away.

As the referee stepped in to stop the fight, there was disbelief among the on-lookers.

Many had suspected Savarese would be another lame duck, but few could have thought he would have the audacity to hit the canvas after the first glancing left-hook.

There was fury in the stands and cries of 'cheat' and 'fix' rang out.
Tyson
Tyson makes light work of Savarese
Some people headed for the exits straight away, while others simply sat in disbelief, trying to calculate how much they had spent per second of the fight.

Les Hammond, a Canadian working in London, had flown up to Glasgow for the bout.

"It's outrageous to ask people to pay the money they asked for this terrible mis-match," he said.

"It's criminal and it should not be allowed. It's a joke," added Mr Hammond, who was attending his first boxing match.

As the figure of Lou Savarese was led away, the crowd directed their venom at him before heading home.

This had been billed as the biggest boxing match to take place in Scotland for 20 years but the manner in which it finished is unlikely to have won the sport any more fans.

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