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"Now, when they go in and face the opponent and the bell rings, for the first time theyre facing reality, and suddenly a relative calmness comes over them. Relative. Theyre still scared but it isnt that terrible intimidating unknown thing .But the moment the blows start to be thrown, the effort to throw punches has begun, he gets calm, because now this is something hes been prepared to cope with .However, I should add that at no time does fear disappear. Its just as bad in the hundredth fight as it was in the first, except by the time he reaches a hundred fights or long before that hes developed enough discipline where he can learn to live with it, which is the object, to learn to live with it "

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Mike Tyson News: Arum eyes promoter's role in Tyson comeback

Posted on Sunday, July 25, 2004 @ 14:57:23 UTC by viper
Top Rank boss changes mind about ex-champ

Two years after suggesting that Mike Tyson be institutionalized, Top Rank president Bob Arum has changed his position on promoting the ex-heavyweight champion.

Having held talks with Tyson adviser Shelly Finkel, Arum says he hopes to land a deal to promote Tyson on his latest comeback attempt.

Arum referred to Tyson as "deranged" in January 2002 when the boxer was seeking a license to fight Lennox Lewis at the MGM Grand, a bid that ultimately failed. In a Review-Journal story then, Arum said of Tyson, "The guy should be institutionalized and not in a boxing ring."

Arum said he has changed his mind about Tyson after receiving assurances from Tyson trainer Freddie Roach and Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler that the former champion has changed his often outlandish behavior.

"The old Tyson, I would not have promoted or had anything to do with him," Arum said. "At my age and this stage in my life, I don't need that. There were too many bizarre things going on for me to even want to get near that.

"But now he's become much more reliable. He's committed, from what I understand, to changing his life. He's a much more humble, rational person now and I think we could work well together."

Tyson fights Danny Williams on Friday in Louisville, Ky., in a pay-per-view bout being held a day before an Arum-promoted pay-per-view card at the MGM Grand. Arum concedes that the timing of the Tyson bout might impact his card, which features a super featherweight unification match between Erik Morales and Carlos Hernandez, but the promoter remains eager to do business with Tyson.

Arum said he also would have interest in another prominent heavyweight, IBF title-holder Chris Byrd of Las Vegas, if he becomes a free agent. Byrd is upset with promoter Don King, saying he has failed to pay his contract minimum.

"I would welcome a call from Chris Byrd," Arum said. "He's a guy who is totally unblemished. I don't want problems. He's always been a polite, charming, nice guy. It would be a pleasure for me to promote him if he were free.

"But that's the important thing. If he is contractually tied to King, I want no part of it. I went through one crazy suit like that with King and it took years off my life.

"I haven't contacted Byrd. I'm not interfering. But if he were free and wanted me to promote him, I think it would be a good match."

By Keven Iole

Source: reviewjournal.com


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