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Mike Tyson News: Interview Jeff Fenech:''You won't see a new Mike Tyson, you'll see the old Mike

Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 @ 05:22:04 UTC by tysonian
Source: boxingtalk
By Darren Nichols

BoxingTalk caught up with Fenech recently to get the scoop on how Tyson is looking with six weeks to go, how Tysons knee is holding up, and what they are doing to ensure victory against the taller Kevin McBride.

BoxingTalk: Jeff, how is Mikes training going for his fight on June 11th against Kevin McBride?

Jeff Fenech: Im doing great because Mikes doing great. Mike sparred six good rounds today, and were really excited about his upcoming fight.

BoxingTalk: Who is he sparring with?

Jeff Fenech: Hes sparring with Corey T-Rex? Sanders. Mike is fighting better now that he is sparring with Sanders.

BoxingTalk: How is Mike looking now compared to how he looked during his prime?

Jeff Fenech: We feel this is the best Mike has looked in over ten years. Im really excited because we still have six weeks to go until he fights, and Mike is already sparring six rounds. To me, that is important because I know that is something he hasnt done in a really long time. He doesnt look this good because of me or any part of my team, its because Mike Tyson wants to do it. He is devoted and is someone who really wants to work.

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BoxingTalk: If Mike wins this fight and can back into heavyweight contention, do you feel you will get the credit for bringing Mike back?

Jeff Fenech: To be honest, I havent done this to get credit. Mike is my friend, and I am trying to help him do what he does best. Ive been there and done it before, and looking at Mike Tyson and the heavyweight division, I feel he is capable of climbing that mountain again. As far as Im concerned Im just here to make sure Mike does what he has to do, and its been really enjoyable for me. Theres not too many people who can say that Mike Tyson has given them 120 percent. Mike Tyson has given me that.

BoxingTalk: With six weeks left before his fight, what will you be working on with Mike for the remaining time left?

Jeff Fenech: Im just going to continue doing what weve been doing. Im teaching Mike how to box twelve rounds again. When Mike Tyson steps in the ring believing he can box twelve rounds, he is unbeatable. He will be the Mike Tyson of old.

BoxingTalk: Its no secret that Mike has had trouble in the past with his larger opponents. With McBride being 66, is there any concern on your part about Mikes ability to handle McBrides size?

Jeff Fenech: Weve taken every consideration. Ive looked at some of his fights. Ive watched them with Mike. Weve studied what we need to study, and well do what we need to do to handle Kevin McBride. Corey Sanders is big guy. A couple of our other sparring partners are 65 and 66, and well be prepared properly for this fight?thats my job.

BoxingTalk: How is Tysons knee holding up during training?

Jeff Fenech: His knee is great. Hes done a lot of rehabilitation on it, and he is fine.

BoxingTalk: Would you say his knee is back to 100%?

Jeff Fenech: Its at 200%. You wont see a new Mike Tyson, youll see the old Mike Tyson. Im not here to change him. You cant teach an old dog new tricks, but if I can get that old dog hungry again, then Ill have something special.

Boxingtalk thanks Mr. Fenech for taking the time to speak with us. We wish he and Tyson the best of luck on June 11.

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