Published: July 25, 2004
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mike Tyson arrived in Louisville Sunday night and immediately predicted a victory in his July 30 match with Danny Williams.
“Knockout,” Tyson said of his expectations.
Tyson, dressed in a yellow shirt with green trim, white shorts and white sneakers, brushed through the airport, answering a few questions from a waiting band of reporters before departing in a waiting limousine.
The 38-year-old former heavyweight champion and convicted rapist arrived via a private flight, pronounced himself in great shape and anxious to take on Williams.
“I’m just ecstatic to be here,” Tyson said. “I’m looking forward to doing my part and giving them a good show.”
Laila Ali, daughter of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, arrived Sunday afternoon and is scheduled to fight on the undercard.
Williams was scheduled to arrive in Louisville on a commercial flight Sunday night.
Williams (31-3, 26 KO) and Tyson (50-4, 44 KO) will be the headline fight, which has been subtitled “Return for Revenge.” Friday’s match will be the first of a two-year, seven-match plan to help Tyson get out of more than $25 million worth of debt and put him back on the road to becoming a contender again.
Trainer Freddie Roach believes Tyson can be a force in the heavyweight division again.
“The heavyweight division isn’t deep right now,” Roach said in a teleconference July 15.
Williams, a former British Commonwealth champion, estimated Tyson at about 40 percent of his peak ability and insisted that he is not going to be a fall guy.
Ali, world flyweight champion Nelson Dieppa, and Louisville’s Randy Griffin will have public workouts at Fourth Street Live, Monday beginning at 11 a.m. Tyson and Williams will have separate public workouts at the same location, Tuesday.
The final press conference will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. and weigh-ins will be held Thursday at 4:30 p.m., both at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, site of the fight.