Mike Tyson has taken the first step in applying for a license in California, where he hopes to fight heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

Rob Lynch, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, said Friday a fax was received from attorneys for Tyson requesting consideration for a license.

Tyson's adviser, Shelly Finkel, has said the Staples Center in Los Angeles has expressed interest in holding the fight.

TYSON INVESTIGATION: Las Vegas police have recommended that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson be charged with sexual assault in two cases, a prosecutor said Friday.

Prosecutors and police met for two hours Friday to discuss a September complaint by a Las Vegas woman and a November 2000 allegation from another woman identified by police as being in her 20s and an out-of-state resident. The second case was not reported to police until December.

"They've done a very thorough investigation," Chief Deputy District Attorney Doug Herndon told The Associated Press.

He said police are seeking arrest warrants from prosecutors for Tyson on multiple counts of sexual assault in each case.