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Mike Tyson News: Tyson-McBride presser!

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 @ 11:07:40 UTC by tysonian

Source: fightnews

Iron Mike Tyson and Kevin McBride officially announced their June 11 fight at MCI Center today at a press conference in Washington D.C. Tyson (50-5, 44 KOs), accompanied by his three children, called Kevin McBride "cute" and promised that "it's going to be a trainwreck." McBride ((32-4-1, 27 KOs) commented "Everyone is cute in their own way." McBride, who hails from Clones, Ireland, added that he grew up idolizing Tyson, "but we haven't seen the best of Kevin McBride yet." He also stated it would not go the distance. McBride's promoter Richie Cappiello proclaimed that MeBride would knock out Tyson within five rounds. When the fighters stood face to face, the 6'6 McBride towered over the 5'10 Tyson. The card will be a Showtime pay-per-view event. Scheduled for the undercard is Laila Ali.

Source: SI

"I just hope these people of Washington, D.C., are prepared to handle this," Tyson said. "It's going to be a train wreck."

The 38-year-old Tyson was stopped in the fourth round by Danny Williams after tearing cartilage in his left knee.
"I know Danny Williams don't think he won that fight," Tyson said.

He had surgery -- the knee is fine, Tyson said Tuesday -- and he's been training in Phoenix for three weeks.
But he spoke about how down he was after having his operation.
"I was in that little square-box room, and I was on crutches, and it was a very depressing atmosphere. I just fell into a deep depression," Tyson said. "Once those painkillers wore off, it was horrific. I didn't know what to do. I was just like a little spoiled brat. I was at my worst self."
Then he paused, and added: "I'm just so happy I'm happy again."

McBride, 31, defeated Kevin Montiy by technical knockout on March 18 in his last fight. Born in Ireland and now based in Massachusetts, the 6-foot-6 McBride is 32-4-1 with 27 knockouts.
"After I beat Mike, I want to fight for the world title," said McBride, who at least three times vowed: "I'm going to shock the world."
His manager, Rich Cappiello was more succinct.
"Mike Tyson gets knocked out within five rounds," Cappiello said, drawing a laugh from Tyson.

The man once called "the baddest man on the planet" sat on the stage at the Lincoln Theater with three of his children. He held hands at one point with 7-year-old daughter Rayna, and later sat napping 3-year-old son Miguel on his lap.
"I feel like Mr. Mom," Tyson said.
He's been more than $30 million in debt, and when asked how much longer he thinks he'll keep fighting, Tyson answered: "Long enough to take care of my children -- a long time."

Source: boxingtalk
By Don Wright

There were no threats, no promises to dine on offspring, and none of the usual theatrics that use to turn a Mike Tyson press conference into a helmets-required affair for journalists, and an intimidating reality check for his opponents. Instead, flanked by three of his children, advisor Shelly Finkel, and ex-wife Dr. Monica Turner, a relaxed and confident Mike Tyson appeared at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC to announce his June 11 comeback against Brockton heavyweight Kevin McBride at the MCI Center. Calling McBride real cute,? Tyson promised to put on an exciting show for the people of Washington DC, which he described as his favorite city.?

Tyson (50-5, 44 KOs), who turns 39 on June 30, returns to the ring for the first time since July 2004, when he was stopped in four rounds by Danny Williams. After looking better than he had in several years in the first round of the Williams fight, Tyson suffered a severe injury to his left knee, which required surgery, leading to the worse loss of his professional career. Yesterday Tyson said his knee is totally fine,? and revealed that he fell into a deep depression following the Williams bout. Now, hes just happy to be here, and happy to be happy again.? However, the former two time heavyweight champion was visibly annoyed that Williams claimed credit for the victory. Hows he going to brag about beating me, when I hurt my leg like that? Do you think Id run around bragging about taking his shots if he was hitting me on one leg??

In McBride (32-4-1, 27 KOs), Tyson faces the opponent he was originally scheduled to fight instead of Williams, before that fight fell apart due to McBrides purse demands. For this bout, Tyson will earn $5.5 million to McBrides $150,000.

The Clones Colossus? figures to be an easy tune up for Tyson. Despite a respectable win-loss total, the only entries on McBrides ledger that most fight fans will recognize are a 2002 fifth round TKO loss to DaVarryl Williamson, and a ninth round TKO loss to Axel Schulz in 1997. However, McBride and his promoter both predicted that he will knock Tyson out. Ive only been showing little bits in fights, but I havent shown the true Kevin McBride.? This is my era, Ill shock the word,? said McBride before proclaiming the Irish are coming.?

Despite the lack of menacing threats, Tyson appeared confident and relaxed as he later sat for a question and answer session with reporters, while his three kids all sat on his lap. He told one reporter who asked who the best heavyweight in the world today is, me. Im the best heavyweight in the world.? Tyson also revealed his comeback strategy, saying he wants to fight four or five more Kevin McBrides and then Ill fight Klitschko.? Although he is approaching his 39th birthday, Tyson is not concerned by his advanced age, pointing out that fighters are now fighting well into their 40s, and doing it at an elite level.
Tyson clarified his training situation, confirming what Boxingtalk first reported, that former world champion and long time Tyson friend Jeff Fenech will take over as head trainer. He said that Buddy McGirt was never really my trainer,? as had been previously rumored. I was just down in Vero Beach going over some things with Buddy,? said Tyson. But I had a great time down there, Buddy is an awesome individual.?

When Tyson advisor Shelly Finkel took the podium, he recalled comments made by Tiger Woods shortly after winning the Masters last weekend. Ive heard people talking about no fear of Mike. But I think everyone saw this incredible performance by Tiger Woods last Sunday,? said Finkel. In an interview he said, I fear nothing. I fear no one. And then he stopped and he said, except Mike Tyson. Perhaps he knows something [McBride] doesnt. Well find out on June 11.?

Showtime pay-per-view televised bout will feature Laila Ali (20-0, 17 KOs) against Erin Toughill (6-1, 0 KO) on the under card. Neither Toughill nor Ali, who was in Los Angeles, were present for yesterdays event.

Promoter Marty Wynn of Raging Promotions has billed the fight Redemption,? although Tyson who has been on his best behavior in recent years pointed out, Ive done nothing wrong to be redeemed from.? Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, April 15, priced at $700.00, $450.00, $250.00, $100.00, and $50.00. Tickets will be available at the MCI Center box office, all TicketMaster locations or by calling TicketMaster.

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