Published: April 11, 2005
April 11th, 2005 – by TomÃ¡s Rohan
Kevin McBride will be officially unveiled as Mike Tyson’s next opponent at a press conference in Washington D.C. tomorrow. The Clones native has long been rumoured as a potential opponent for the former heavyweight champion of the World and he finally looks to have secured his big chance.
The fight will take place in Washington D.C. on June 11th with Muhammad Ali’s daughter, Laila Ali likely to feature in the chief support against Erin Toughill. The card is being promoted by Raging Promotions and will be a pay per view event on the Showtime cable network in the U.S.
Both fighters will attend the press conference, which will take place at the Lincoln Theater in the U.S. capital. Tyson recently began training with former World Champion and close friend Jeff Fenech. The Australian has taken over training duties from Freddie Roach who was unable to commit to long periods away from his Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles to spend time in camp with Tyson.
Tyson who is now based out of Phoenix, Arizona will turn 39 just weeks after the proposed bout and following his surprise fourth round defeat to England’s Danny Williams last July many observers feel his days as a top class heavyweight are well and truly numbered.
He will still enter the ring a big favourite against the Boston based McBride though despite the Irishman statistically impressive career resume of 32 wins (27 by KO), four losses and a draw. In his most recent outing last month McBride stopped Kevin Montiy in five rounds but despite the win many of those who watched the fight live on ESPN in the U.S. were unimpressed with the 6 foot 6 Monaghan man’s overall performance.
Ironically however it may have been McBride’s performance against Montiy which finally convinced Team Tyson that he could be considered a “safe” opponent for their charge who is badly in need of a rehabilitative win.
In Tyson’s most recent losses to Lennox Lewis and Williams he has proven that he can still be effective for the first two or three rounds of a bout and indeed he had Williams in all kinds of trouble in the opener of their clash last year. While few will give McBride a chance or surviving Tyson’s inevitable early onslaught if he can hang in there beyond that then he would certainly appear to be in with a shot against the faded force that is Tyson.
However lets not get carried away with previewing the bout until it is a little closer to reality. As McBride himself has acknowledged in the past, “I won’t believe the fight is actually on until I’m standing in the corner looking across the ring at him.”
At least McBride will take a step close to that reality tomorrow when he comes face to face with the one time “Baddest man on the planet”.