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Wednesday, 12 April, 2000, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK
Hampden weighs in for Tyson fight
Hampden Park
Hampden has just been refurbished
Controversial boxer Mike Tyson could be on the verge of agreeing to fight in Scotland after his promoters visited the national stadium, Hampden Park.

Representatives from Frank Warren's Sports Network company travelled to Glasgow, with a view to staging Tyson's next fight at the revamped stadium.

A spokesman for the Scottish Football Association, which has taken over the running of the debt-ridden stadium, said: "Hampden was visited over a possible staging of a Mike Tyson fight.

"This is at a very early stage and no details, including any possible dates, have even been discussed yet."


Mike Tyson
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He added: "We are waiting to hear back from the promoters."

In January the former undisputed heavyweight world champion defeated Britain's Julius Francis in front of 22,000 fans at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester.

But critics said the boxer should not have been allowed into the country due to his conviction for rape in 1992.

Tyson, who created a storm of criticism when he bit the ear of his opponent Evander Holyfield in 1997, is set to face Lou Saverese in Milan on 20 May.

Ibrox stadium, home of Glasgow Rangers Football Club, was also in the running to stage the fighter's next bout, but was ruled out when a suitable date could not be found.

A spokesman for Sports Network said: "We looked at Hampden and it is one of a number of other venues around Europe that are being checked out."

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