Tyson offered to fight McBride in Italy, report


Published: January 29, 2004

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) – January 28, 2004

Rome (dpa) – Mike Tyson has been offered two million dollars to fight Ireland’s Kevin McBride in Italy, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Wednesday.

The sports daily said the fight could take place in the spring in the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia or Monte Carlo.

Rumours about the fight first emerged in the Irish press.

La Gazzetta says it has now received confirmation that the fight will indeed take place from Salvatore Cherchi, an Italian promoter.

Gazzetta also quotes Murad Muhammad, who it describes as Tyson’s “unofficial manager”, as saying: “Tyson will certainly fight Ireland’s Kevin McBride and there’s a 90 per cent chance that it will take place in Italy”.

“We have received an offer from Italy and Tyson likes Italy too much to turn the offer down. He will be ready for April or May,” Muhammad was quoted as saying.

Tyson filed for bankruptcy in August 2003 after squandering his massive fortune and has recently sacked his management team. He is now working with New York firm Jacqueline Rowe and Associates, although Muhammad is effectively managing the former heavyweight champion.

Tyson, 37, has not had an official fight since beating Clifford Etienne last February.

McBride, who lives in the United States, represented Ireland at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

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