Mar 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT
Only in America!
For those of you out there who are still fancy yourselves fans of the sweet science, in particular the heavyweight division – there are still a few of you out there, right? – the news that Mike Tyson might return to the ring to face Evander Holyfield for the third time either thrills you or completely terrifies you, as the prospect of this fight might in fact be the event that signals the death of heavyweight boxing as we know it.
But whichever side of the fence you find yourself on regarding this potential spectacle, promoter Don King says, “Not so fast.”
And if you cannot believe Don King, who can you believe in this crazy world, right?
The interwebs have been (relatively) abuzz with reports that Mike Tyson will return to the ring after an extended retirement – the last time Iron Mike stepped into the ring was in 2006 for an exhibition match against somebody called Corey “T-Rex” Sanders – and face the man he just recently appeared with on Oprah’s show (that Oprah, she can do it all).
But as mentioned above, Don King is poo-pooing the reports, insisting – but not denying – after all, King is a businessman/ringmaster – that no fight between the former champs is currently in the works. But why read me explaining what King said when you can see the master in action?
From an interview with ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael:
“My man, that is just wishful thinking. It is not true. It is not true about no Tyson-Holyfield fight. That’s wishful thinking. Maybe it’s something I would do for old time’s sake if they were interested in the fight, but I ain’t doing that at this time. I have not even spoken to Evander Holyfield.”
“I ain’t ready to comment on that. Read between the lines. It really is something isn’t it, all the interest there is in Mike Tyson?”
Tyson, who has not been on the best terms with Don King in recent years, to put it mildly – usually when a person sues another person for $100 million, there are some hurt feelings involved – has reconnected with King over the past months, even making a public appearance together in Vegas back in November. The occasion was deemed a joyous reunion (and potentially profitable – let’s be honest) for King.
“Oh, what a glorious day,” King said at the time. “My prodigal son has returned. … I never said anything bad about Mike for all these years because I knew we would get back together someday. Reunited, and it feels so good.”
“I think Mike’s one of the greatest fighters that ever lived,” King said. “I think he can still be a fighter if he wants to be a fighter. Listen, whatever it is between me and Mike, it ain’t about the bankroll. We gonna do what has to be done. He needs a lot of vitamins. He needs a lot of TLC, tender loving care, dedication and discipline. So whatever we have to do, we’ll do. If you can’t hear me, I’ll say it a little louder.”
Indeed you will, Mr. King. Indeed you will.
Tyson, when addressing his rumored return to fighting, fell into line with King’s reasoning about what would need to happen first before he returned to the ring: vitamins, of course.
“I would need to work really hard and take a lot of vitamins, because I’m fat.”
No you’re not, Mike. As my mother used to say about me, you’re just husky.
But we still want him to come back. He’s heavyweight boxing’s only hope.
King: No comment on Tyson return [ESPN]
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