Mike Tyson Tested Positive for Marijuana

D E T R O I T, Jan. 18, 2001 -- Mike Tyson tested positive for marijuana following his victory over Andrew Golota on Oct. 20, but Michigan boxing regulators only punished him for refusing to submit to a urine test before the fight.

Tyson did give a urine sample after the fight, and it tested positive for marijuana, a member of the State Board in Control of Athletics, told The Detroit News. State Board in Control of Athletics member Glenn Hirsch has confirmed the positive test result.

Nevada Athletic Association executive director Marc Ratner said he also was told by Michigan officials that Tyson tested positive for marijuana.

Michigan Boxing License Suspended

On Tuesday, state regulators suspended Tyson's Michigan boxing license for 90 days and fined him $5,000 for refusing to submit to a urine test before the fight at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Ratner said Nevada would honor the suspension, but Tyson is not expected to fight until April at the earliest anyway.

The license suspension, fine and a $200,000 donation from Tyson to various charities were part of a settlement between the nine-member board and Tyson's attorney, Neil Fink of Birmingham.

The settlement listed Tyson's refusal to submit to the pre-fight test as his only violation. It made no mention of the failed test, which Fink said "was not before the board."

"Mr. Tyson was never tried on that, and we don't intend to litigate it in the media," Fink told the News.

Holyfield Could Be Next Opponent

Golota quit after the second round of the fight, which Tyson said at the time was his last. He has resumed training, however.

Emanuel Steward of Detroit, Lennox Lewis' manager, said Wednesday that Tyson's representatives contacted him about a world heavyweight title bout in April.

"But Lennox has no interest in fighting Tyson," Steward said.

Tyson is more likely to fight Evander Holyfield in a third fight before he meets Lewis, most boxing observers feel.