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Thursday, June 26, 1997
Tyson camp objects to Halpern as refereeLAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada boxing officials planned to meet today to consider a protest by Mike Tyson's camp of Mitch Halpern as the referee for Saturday's WBA heavyweight title fight with champion Evander Holyfield.
The Nevada Athletic Commission scheduled an emergency meeting after Tyson's co-manager John Horne objected to Halpern as the referee.
Halpern was praised by commission executive director Marc Ratner for his handling of the first fight, which was won in the 11th round Nov. 9 by Holyfield.
He was selected last week to referee the rematch, and there were no objections until Horne lodged his protest. Horne told the commission he was upset over Halpern's handling of the head butts in the first fight.
The meeting was to be held after the weigh-in for the fight at the MGM Grand Hotel.