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Women's Group Fails to Force Mike Tyson's Expulsion From Britain for 1992 Rape Conviction

Aired January 17, 2000 - 2:10 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Mike Tyson's rape conviction has followed him like a shadow across the Atlantic. Today in Britain, a women's group failed to force Tyson's expulsion for his 1992 rape conviction, but the media frenzy that's greeted Tyson shows no sign of abating before a scheduled fight in Britain later in the month.

More from London from reporter Paul Davies.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

PAUL DAVIES, ITN REPORTER (voice-over): While the arguments over his presence in Britain rumbled on, Mike Tyson was enjoying a light workout in the gym his people have installed in his Parklane hotel. The British press have laid sieged to the hotel. But while the news teams waited in vain outside, a 12-year-old schoolboy was getting a little closer to Tyson than most people would want to be.

Lyle Britain (ph) from New Market and a friend had been invited in to see Tyson train, but he ended up receiving a few tips in the art of destroying opponents in the ring.

MIKE TYSON: Heavy punch -- he can punch, too.

Now, you know what I'm going through, right?

DAVIES: It was an experience he won't forget in a hurry.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Started to fight with him, just messing around and jabbing at him, so...

DAVIES (on camera): Did you hit him?

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: No.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, you did.

He hit him; he hit him a few times.

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Hit him a few times, but not in the face.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's his shirt. That's the actual shirt that he trained in -- and towel. You want to feel it, it's pretty wet. DAVIES: While Tyson was starting the slightly more serious preparation work, news came through that feminist groups had failed in their attempt to overthrow Jack Straw's decision to allow him into the country. Promoter Frank Warren, on the right, arrived at the hotel saying the contest against Britain's Julius Francis is now safe.

FRANK WARREN, FIGHT PROMOTER: There will not be a problem with the fight. And subject to nobody catching the flu or being injured, I think the fight will go on.

DAVIES: There was a repeat of the chaotic scenes that marked Tyson's arrival at Heathrow when he and his entourage left the Grovoner Park Hotel (ph), forcing their way through the waiting cameras.

(on camera): On his first day in London, while the courts removed any remaining threat to his fight, Mike Tyson, between sidestepping the press, has been enjoying those time-honored pleasures of sight-seeing and shopping.

(voice-over): The cameras caught up with him in an exclusive Parklane car show room. The average sports care on sale here will give you little change from 50,000 pounds. But that, of course, is small fare when Tyson's purse for next week's fight is a cool 8 million.

Paul Davies, ITN, in Parklane, Central London.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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