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Monday, November 15, 1999
Tyson fight will be in England or Germany

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NEW YORK -- Mike Tyson's return to the ring won't take place in Las Vegas -- or the United States, for that matter.

Showtime Boxing announced Monday that Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight champion whose past two fights, against Evander Holyfield and Orlin Norris, have been marred by controversy, will fight on Saturday, Jan. 15 in either England or Germany.

An opponent for Tyson has not been named.

It will be Tyson's first fight since Oct. 23, when Norris collapsed, suffering an injury to his right knee, and could not continue after Tyson punched him after the bell at the end of the first round. The bout was ruled no contest.

That bout was Tyson's return to the ring after a nine-month absence. Tyson spent time in a Maryland jail after assaulting two motorists following a traffic accident last year.

Tyson may eventually get another shot at the undisputed heavyweight crown, which Britain's Lennox Lewis unified Saturday in Las Vegas, winning a unanimous decision against Holyfield.

Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield's ear twice in the third round in Las Vegas on June 28, 1997. Tyson's license was revoked for 15 months.