Tyson stuns Fenech


Published: April 23, 2005

Source: FoxSports

By Grantlee Kieza

April 24, 2005

MIKE Tyson huffed and puffed and blew Jeff Fenech away with his hunger and enthusiasm when they worked out together yesterday in Phoenix, Arizona.

Tyson will receive $6.7million to face clumsy Irish giant Kevin McBride at the 20,000-seat MCI centre in Washington on June 11.

His new Australian trainer says the former heavyweight champ will be fighting fit for his first bout in 11 months.

“Everything’s going well,” Fenech said.

“I’m really happy because Mike is putting the effort in. I know if he trains properly, not only will he beat Kevin McBride but he’ll beat [WBC champ] Vitali Klitschko too.

“My plan all along has been to build Mike’s fitness to the point where he doesn’t have to knock people out in a couple of rounds in case he runs out of gas by round three.

“I want him to be able to pace himself and not rush, to pick the openings and be patient for the opportunities to come up in a fight.

“In his last fight [a loss to England’s Danny Williams], Mike almost knocked the guy out in the first round but was exhausted by the third.

“He will be very fit for this fight, the fittest he has been for years.”

Tyson, who turns 39 two weeks after the bout, is reportedly $40million in debt after blowing a fortune once estimated at more than $400 million.

But he is still a knockout at the box office, with 6000 tickets being snapped up in three hours for his comeback.