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Lewis v Tyson

Lewis triumphant after taking on Shannon Briggs 1986 Iron Mike looks on during the Tyson v Botha press conference

By Sanjeev Shetty, BBC Sport Online

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Lewis steps aside
Tyson on his troubled life
Lewis targets a unification fight with Holyfield, but looks vulnerable in his two bouts that year he is rocked by Shannon Briggs before winning by fifth round stoppage, while unheralded Croatian Zeljko Mavrovic lasts 12 rounds.

After extensive negotiations, the fight the world wants to see - Lewis v Holyfield - is scheduled for 13 March 1999 at the world-famous Madison Square Garden.

Tyson gets involved briefly in professional wrestling, before the Nevada State Athletic Commission reissues him with a licence. His comeback will be against South African Francois Botha, a fighter with a reputation for durability.

Did you know?
Tyson was paid about $4m for his appearance in the WWF, where his only responsibility was to count to three and fake a punch at wrestler Shawn Michaels.

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