McBride in Tyson speculation once again.


Published: March 22, 2005

Source:Irish Boxing

Kevin McBride
March 23rd, 2005 – by Tomás Rohan

Kevin McBride’s fifth round TKO of Kevin Montiy at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut last Friday night has once again led to speculation that he heads the shortlist of opponents for Mike Tyson’s latest comeback bid.

The Boston based Monaghan native disposed of Montiy in a relatively one-sided affair in the headline bout at the “Night of the Irish” card.

Montiy brought a reasonable record of 15 wins (12 early), two losses and a draw to the ring but he never proved any real threat to McBride’s dream of a Tyson pay-day. The “Clones Colossus” dominated most of the action wearing down his opponent gradually through his sheer strength and some stiff right hands.

McBride kept Montiy on the back foot with his long jab before working the body and head with clusters of punches when Montiy was trapped on the ropes. By the fifth the Michigan fighter was sagging and a right hook to the body caused Montiy to touch down early in the round.

Sensing the finished McBride poured on the pressure trapping his opponent in a corner and forcing referee Eddie Cotton to stop the fight at 2 minutes 28 seconds of the round.

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The win sees McBride’s record improve to 32 wins (27 early), 4 losses and a draw but more importantly once again puts him in the frame for a big fight. Aside from Tyson another possibility is Wladimir Klitschko who has still not had an opponent confirmed for his April 23rd date in Dortmund, Germany. Although Shelly Finkel who manages both Klitschko and Tyson is believed to have pencilled in McBride for “Iron” Mike’s tentatively scheduled June 11th comeback fight set for Washington.

Finkel is working with Raging Promotions on the June 11th card, which also looks set to feature the comeback of another former heavyweight champion, Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe. The matchmaker for Raging Promotions Chris Middendorf confirmed to that “McBride is definitely an opponent we are considering but it’s early stages yet and nothing has been decided.”

Mittendorf admitted that the final choice of opponent would be down to Tyson and Finkel. “Obviously they will have the final say in that regard but we are talking to them and hope to have something definite by the end of the week.”

McBride of course was all set to meet Tyson last summer but Danny Williams agreed to take the fight for less money than had already been promised to McBride. Williams of course went on to upset Tyson knocking him out in the fourth and earning himself an ultimately unsuccessful shot at Vitali Klitschko’s WBC title.