Tyson prepares for 'final chance'


Published: June 7, 2005

Source: bbc sport

Mike Tyson’s promoter believes a defeat in his latest comeback fight could mean the end of his controversial career.

Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Tyson faces Kevin McBride of Ireland at the MCI Center in Washington DC on Saturday.

Promoter Rock Newman said: “I think that, at 38 years of age, Mike Tyson has got to a place where he understands it’s his final chance.

“Everything in his professional life is riding on Saturday night, 11 June.”

But despite Newman’s remarks, Tyson refused to say a loss would mark the end of his time in the ring.

“Losing does not enter my mind (unless it becomes) reality,” he said. “If it does happen, I just keep fighting until I get what I want in life.

“Whenever you’re trying to become the best in the world in anything, you’re going to have ups and downs. It doesn’t mean you should give up.”

Tyson turns 39 on 30 June, and Saturday’s fight is his first since an shock fourth-round knockout loss to Britain’s Danny Williams last July.

He has not fought for a heavyweight crown since 2002, when he was knocked out by Lennox Lewis in the eighth round.

That fight was Tyson’s first attempt for the title since 1997, when he was disqualified for biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear.

But the American’s trainer, Australian Jeff Fenech, said the boxer’s erratic temperament was well under control.

“Mike and I have prepared mentally and physically,” Fenech said. “My job is to make Mike happy, to make him enjoy training. He’s done that tremendously.

“I have no fears whatsoever that Mike will be fully in control of his emotions, and his actions and we believe it will be a successful night.”

Tyson added: “I’m not going to bite anybody, or break anybody’s arm, hit anybody after the bell, if that’s what you’re talking about.”