Published: July 27, 2004

Mike Tyson’s trainer is backing the two-time world heavyweight champion to climb back to the top of the tree – starting with victory over Danny Williams on Friday night.

Freddie Roach insists Tyson can be champion again despite being half the fighter he used to be, and could be ready for a crack at the widely recognised world champion Vitali Klitschko within three more fights.

The respected Roach started working with Tyson in the wake of his defeat to Lennox Lewis, and he masterminded the 49-second victory over kamikaze Clifford Etienne early last year which persuaded Tyson he still had a future at the top level.

“The first day of training for this fight Mike was already in better shape than he was for Etienne,” Roach said. “Mike has rededicated himself and he is working hard. If he gets back to a certain level he can beat those champions out there.

“Klitschko is probably his ultimate goal. We need a couple of fights before that happens, but that is what we are after.”

In the near-term, Roach believes Tyson should have few problems overcoming Williams, whom he believes is a little ‘soft’.

Roach insisted: “Williams does not seem like he is the bravest guy in the world. They (British boxers) do have a stand-up style so we are going out to attack him and put the pressure on him right away.

“Williams is a little bit dangerous because he does have pretty good power. “I expect him to be at his best because this is the biggest fight in the world for him. I want Mike to go in more scientific and use his boxing ability more than he did in his last fight.”