Against all Odds, Tyson will Fight in Scotland

Published May 17th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is battling to get past the authorities to box in Scotland next month, but he has been encouraged by an obscure light-welter weight from the Dominican Republic, Sky Sports reported on Wednesday. 

Ambioris Figuereo boxed in Warrington in northern England on Tuesday night. The boxer served five years in a Santo Domingo prison for drugs offences, from 1992 to 1997. The news came to light at Monday's weigh-in and suggests that UK immigration authorities knew and permitted his entry. 

Calls have been made by Scottish MPs this week to ban Tyson from entering the country to fight fellow American Lou Savarese at either Celtic Park or Hampden Park in Glasgow. 

Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992 and served three years in jail and protests in Scotland have been mounting that the Brooklyn-born fighter should be barred on the grounds of being an undesirable. 

But Tyson, who fought Briton Julius Francis in Manchester in January, will have had his case strengthened by Figuereo. The apparent ease with which Figuereo entered the country raises the question of why Tysons record should prevent him from re-entering the UK. 

There was some protest over Tysons visit to England at the beginning of the year but he was also surrounded by fans wherever he went -- LONDON (AFP) 

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