HE'S BAD… HE'S BACK… HE'S ON BOX OFFICE!

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TysonTalk

Published: July 15, 2004

It’s the comeback the whole world wants to see… and you can thanks to Sky Box Office.

On July 30 Mike Tyson returns to the ring after almost a year-and-a-half out, in the aptly-named Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.

His sights are set on climbing back to the top of the boxing world he once ruled as the self-styled baddest man on the planet – and many believe the heavyweight division is wide open and waiting for one man to rule them all again.

But first Tyson has to overcome the former British and Commonwealth champion Danny Williams.

The 31-year-old Brixton fighter was the surprise selection for what has been billed for Tyson’s Return for Revenge, but is promising not just to be the fall guy.

Reports coming from Williams’ New York training camp say he has knocked out three of his sparring partners and he has enlisted the help of the last man Tyson took out, Clifford Etienne.

Quite simply, he is fully aware of who – and what – he is facing on July 30, and Williams is in no mood to be knocked over: “On any given day Tyson can definitely still win a world title, but he has to get through me and I don’t think he will.”

Tyson though, has been through much more than most. A jail sentence, a marriage break-up, a bankruptcy and a struggle to even get a licence to box again are part of what he calls his “chequered past”.

But, he has been at pains to point out that he has put that all behind him and only wants to concentrate on what he does best – knocking people out.

Bonecrusher Smith, Tony Tucker, Michael Spinks, Frank Bruno and Larry Holmes and 38 other heavyweights will all testify to that and Tyson is clearly focused on bringing back the glory days when he ruled the heavyweight world.

“I just want to fight, I need to hear the sound of the crowd, smell the sweat, to hear people hit the mat, to hear the gloves hit people’s heads and bodies,” he said.

“It’s just what I do and it’s something I took myself away from for along period of time. I’m so foolish – I’m the most foolish person I know. But I’m just happy to be back.”

The night begins with British heavyweight champion Matt Skelton making the the second defence of his title at the famous old York Hall in Bethnal Green on a card that also features a mouthwatering British lightweight clash between champion Graham Earl and challenge Steve Murray.

The undercard from Kentucky also provides the perfect build-up to Tyson’s return.

Source: skysports