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For boxing fans who couldn’t get their fill after three matches at the MCI Center on June 11, the fight card continued at another District venue: the Southwest waterfront. Nightspot H2O had announced that fighter/ biter Mike Tyson intended to appear at the club after his expected drubbing of Irish pug Kevin McBride, and droves of Iron Mike fans came out to Water Street SW in true boxing spirit. There were “fights going on all night,” said Max Skolnik, an advisory neighborhood commissioner, at a June 13 community meeting. The promise of Tyson as the honored guest drew 5,000 cars to the neighborhood and warranted 30 police officers to direct traffic and split up scuffling partygoers, according to D.C. police Sgt. Kenneth Harvey. In the end, a vanquished Tyson might have been stymied by his own popularity. “[I heard] he was turned away because of the traffic,” says Skolnik. Employees at H2O say they aren’t sure whether Tyson ever showed. “But he must have,” says one sales rep. “The party was for him.”