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Friday, 16 June, 2000, 16:47 GMT 17:47 UK
Tyson bout given final go-ahead
Frank Warren
Frank Warren has no doubts the bout will go ahead
The final obstacle to boxer Mike Tyson fighting in Glasgow has been removed as the venue for the bout was granted a safety certificate.

Tyson will arrive in Britain on Sunday evening in the secure knowledge that the fight at Hampden Stadium will go ahead.

Glasgow City Council's Licensing (Safety of Sports Grounds) sub-committee took 50 minutes to decide to approve an application for a Special Safety Certificate to stage the event.

Hampden Park
Hampden has been granted the licence
The decision was greeted with boos from about 25 protesters who attended the meeting this morning.

During the meeting it emerged that promoters have reduced the stadium capacity for the fight to 51,800 after failing to sell all 60,000 tickets.

Stadium safety director Tom Onions confirmed the seating would be cut back when he appeared before the committee.

The application was granted by a majority of 10 to one, with SNP councillor John Mason the only dissenter.

The former heavyweight champion's planned 24 June fight against Lou Saverese has been the subject of fierce debate.

No medical problems

MSPs, MPs and women's groups have been among those opposed to Home Secretary Jack Straw's decision to grant the convicted rapist a visa for his second UK fight this year.

Controversy has also surrounded the fighter's condition.

However, promoter Frank Warren insisted Tyson will have no problems passing the necessary medicals ahead of his bout with fellow American Savarese.

Warren dismissed suggestions that Tyson would not be allowed to fight because of the medication he is reported to be taking.

He added that the only way the fight would not go ahead would be if the former world champion injured himself.

Savarese, arrived in Glasgow on Thursday and Warren predicted he would prove to be a tougher opponent than Julius Francis, who was beaten in four minutes in Manchester.

Stopped training

Warren revealed that Tyson has been affected by the fatal shooting of a close friend whose funeral he will attend on Saturday.

The boxer stopped training for two days following his friend's death.

Warren said he expected a good fight, with Tyson winning in six or seven rounds.

The promoter attacked the Scottish National Party and, in particular, its leader Alex Salmond, whom he accused of double standards in his opposition to Mike Tyson coming to fight in Glasgow.

Lou Saverese
Lou Saverese: Arrived in Glasgow
He said he was not interested in settling his differences with the Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre which unsuccessfully petitioned the courts to try to prevent the Tyson fight going ahead at Hampden.

There have been other problems threatening the fight, including including a lack of car parking at the planned site.

This was overcome earlier this week when Glasgow City Council agreed a former council depot could be used for extra parking.

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