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Tyson Scheduled for More Hospital Tests After Car Accident

September 6, 1988 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, knocked out by a tree in a one-car wreck, will undergo more medical tests while his representatives debate whether he’ll be able to defend his title next month.

Tyson, who broke a bone in his hand in a sidewalk scuffle two weeks ago, was knocked unconscious for several minutes Sunday when his BMW skidded into a tree in a friend’s yard in Catskill, N.Y.

Physicians at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York said they were keeping Tyson, 22, in the hospital for more tests today on his head and bruised chest.


The tests include ″a state-of-the art brain scan and other tests for heart and chest,″ said Dan Klores, a Tyson spokesman. ″The reason for this is that he did suffer a chest wall contusion and a blunt head trauma in the accident. Moreover, he did lose consciousness for a brief period of time.″

Tyson’s championship bout against British champ Frank Bruno in London was recently postponed until Oct. 22 because of the hand injury. Klores said it was not clear whether the car accident would affect the fight, but Tyson manager Bill Cayton told the Daily News that ″the early reports I’ve gotten lead me to be positive about his fighting ... next month.″

The chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission said he believed Tyson should not fight for at least three months. A fighter knocked out in the ring in New York is automatically suspended for 90 days.

″A knockout is a knockout, whether it’s with a glove or a steering wheel,″ chairman Randy Gordon told New York Newsday.

Jim Morris, secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, said the board is awaiting a report from the World Boxing Council, sanctioning body of the fight.