View Full Version : The sorry state of mike tyson.... I don't know whether to laugh or cry

Bluto Blutarsky
10/17/2006 1:13pm,

Tyson nears return to ring; thinks about fighting women

By CONNIE MABIN, Associated Press Writer
October 16, 2006

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Mike Tyson said fans should not expect much of a fight when he steps back into the ring.

But the 40-year-old former heavyweight champ promised an entertaining show Friday night when he launches the "Mike Tyson's World Tour" in Youngstown.


At a news conference at an Italian restaurant, Tyson said he would likely go just four rounds and that future stops on the tour might include bouts with women, possibly professional boxer Ann Wolfe.

Wolfe, from Waco, Texas, is 21-1 with 15 knockouts.

"She's such a prominent, dominant woman in the boxing field," Tyson said.

When asked if he was joking about fighting women, Tyson said, "I'm very serious."

Russ Young, a promoter for Wolfe, said such a bout will never happen.

"That's the first we've heard of it," Young said. "No state would sanction that. She would be outweighed by 60 to 70 pounds. Ann would never entertain the idea."

Tyson said the tour was meant to be fun and raise money for charity.

"It's all fun. I'm not Mike Tyson," he said, referring to the fierce boxer whose career was upended by a prison term. "I'm not 20 years old. I'm not going to smash anybody. I'm not going to talk about smashing anybody's brains. You're not going to see that guy no more."

At the press conference, Tyson posed for photos with fans, signed autographs and campaigned for Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Michael Steele.

Tyson, wearing a white and blue Steele for U.S. Senate T-shirt, said he used to believe black Republicans were "sellouts." But Tyson said he changed his mind after researching the Maryland lieutenant governor.

"We have to open our eyes more," Tyson said, as he pointed to his T-shirt.

His recent years have been marked by embarrassing fights -- inside and out of the ring -- and staggering debt. Tyson last fought in June 2005, losing to the unheralded Kevin McBride.

He will return to the ring Friday at the 6,000-seat Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown for a pay-per-view event against former sparring partner Corey "T-Rex" Sanders.

Tyson had said he was finished with boxing after his bout with McBride, which he quit after six rounds.

The man who vowed to eat Lennox Lewis' children and bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear has said he's in no mood for a comeback.

He recently trained in a makeshift ring at a Las Vegas hotel.

Tyson shot to fame by knocking out Trevor Berbick in 1986 to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history at age 20. He was knocked out by James "Buster" Douglas in 1990 and lost his world heavyweight title. He later served prison time for rape, returned to fighting and infamously bit Holyfield's ear in a 1997 fight.

I see a kangaroo or a fight against a bear or other zoo animal in tyson's future.

Is this guy really so desperate that now he resorts to gimmick matchups? Obviously he is and while the idea of watching him get pounded by ali's daughter is highly amusing It is also hugely depressing that tyson has made such a joke out of the sport of boxing by basically creating what can only be categorized as a Travelling circus to earn money and stay in the limelight.

On one hand, yes, It might give female boxing a needed push because of the tyson name, on the other it feels like it would be demeaning in some way to female boxers and martial artists by including him fighting legit female boxers as part of his travelling freakshow.

How do any resident bullshido female maists think about his gimmick?

Anyone else too.

10/17/2006 2:03pm,
Well lets see here.....he bites off opponent's ears...rapes women....beats women.....hm....I would say, dont do it Ann...Unless, she is a Sado Masicist ? Im sorry, but people really dont forget things like that....unless your a complete moron. Probably, the only way he could think of beating on a woman, without going back to prison....the loser. I am willing to bet, he told the women he did those things to *it was all in fun*......I think it is sad that anyone is even considering a bonehead idea like that...but it is America....nothing "shocks" me anymore....

10/17/2006 2:15pm,
this fight isnt going to happen, it never was, and anyone who thinks it will is a cumquat. that is all.

10/17/2006 2:21pm,
Eh, its so sad to see him in that downward spiral.

The humurous part is that I really like Tyson too