The nation's capital may be the future site for a proposed June 8
pay-per-view heavyweight-championship fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson
after the Washington, D.C., athletic commission granted the latter a boxing
During a morning conference call, the three-member D.C. Boxing and Wrestling
Commission unanimously voted to grant Tyson a license, allowing fight
co-promoters Showtime Event Television and Home Box Office PPV to pursue a site
Sources close to SET said D.C. is now the lead venue for the event, which was
initially scheduled for April 6 in Las Vegas.
The Nevada Athletic Commission refused to grant Tyson a boxing license
several weeks ago, forcing SET and HBO to seek other options.
Georgia has also granted Tyson a boxing license, and California has expressed
an interested in hosting the fight, although Tyson has yet to file an
Only Nevada and Texas have officially said no to a Tyson-Lewis fight.
The Lewis camp -- which, in recent weeks, has teetered on the brink of
walking away from the fight due to Tyson's failure to gain a boxing license --
will now work toward finalizing a deal.
'Now that the District of Columbia has given Mike Tyson a license to box,
Main Events will start work on the feasibility of promoting a bout in
Washington, D.C.,' said Gary Shaw, chief operating officer of Main Events Inc.,
which promotes Lewis.