Mike Tyson Tested Positive for Marijuana

ByABC News

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

Tyson did give a urine sample after the fight, and it testedpositive for marijuana, a member of the State Board in Control ofAthletics, 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 saidhe also was told by Michigan officials that Tyson tested positivefor marijuana.

Michigan Boxing License Suspended

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

Ratner said Nevada would honor the suspension, but Tyson is notexpected to fight until April at the earliest anyway.

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

The settlement listed Tyson's refusal to submit to the pre-fighttest 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 tolitigate it in the media," Fink told the News.

Holyfield Could Be Next Opponent

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

Emanuel Steward of Detroit, Lennox Lewis' manager, saidWednesday that Tyson's representatives contacted him about a worldheavyweight 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 fightbefore he meets Lewis, most boxing observers feel.

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