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Tyson wants to stay on road

Mike Tyson wants more fights to reach top form, and he wants to do that in Europe.

That's fine with Jay Larkin, who runs boxing for Showtime, the American cable network.

More difficult, it seems, will be getting Tyson a fight anywhere against undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. Tyson has a contract with Showtime and Lewis with rival HBO.

Tyson put an exclamation point on his two-week trip to England in his bout with Julius Francis. He knocked him down five times and stopped him at 1:03 of the second round before a sellout crowd of 21,000 Saturday night in MEN Arena. Tyson left Manchester about 5 a.m. Sunday, heading to Gatwick Airport outside London for a flight to Phoenix.

Tyson's next fight, scheduled for March 25, likely will be in New Jersey, Larkin said.

"We're still talking Meadowlands but we have been getting offers, real offers from Europe," said Larkin, adding he has received calls from Copenhagen, Denmark; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Paris.

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