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TYSON WILL MEET THE MEDIA THURSDAY TO DISCUSS FUTURE

     MIKE TYSON will hold a news conference on Thursday in
Cleveland to announce that he has signed multi-million dollar
deals with Viacom and a "major" Las-Vegas hotel-casino --
possibly MGM Grand.  DON KING is also expected to stay on as
Tyson's promoter, despite reports on Monday by the N.Y. POST that
he was out and the fact that Tyson had King leave his mansion
yesterday.  JAY LARKIN, Showtime VP of Special Events, said the
Viacom-owned cable channel has been "negotiating for months on a
deal" with King (Jon Saraceno, USA TODAY, 3/28).  Despite reports
that King was let go by Tyson, the promoter "could still be a
factor in the fighter's future."  Tyson's "dismissal ... may
reflect a short-term annoyance with the commotion rather than a
break with the promoter" (Gerald Eskenazi, N.Y. TIMES, 3/28).
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