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Georgia gives Tyson OK

Georgia has granted Tyson a licence – setting up the prospect of a bout on June 8 at the Georgia Dome.

Initial plans for a Las Vegas showdown in April were scrapped after Nevada boxing chiefs refused to permit him a licence.

Georgia Boxing Commission administrator Tom Mishou told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Shelly Finkel, Mr Tyson’s manager, contacted my office, he asked if I would send him a licence application that he could get Mr Tyson to fill out.

“I said sure. I sent it to him, Mr Tyson filled it out, they sent me the required medicals, they sent me the money, we issued the licence.”

However, businessmen keen to stage the fight elsewhere are still hopeful. One of the possible venues in Georgia falls through will be the Lebanon, with South Africa and Manilla also keen to host boxing’s most lucrative ever fight.

Find out how the Lebanon bid is progressing in a special report on the features section of sportbusiness.com