WBC Chief Sulaiman speaks about Tyson: ''Dont count Tyson out!''


Published: March 31, 2004

Financial problems beset him, he got hammered by Lennox Lewis, but Mike
Tyson could be on top of the world again, according to World Boxing
Council President Jose Sulaiman, but only if he believes in himself.

Its been more than a year since Tyson flattened Clifford Etienne in
less time than it takes to work up a bead or perspiration, in Memphis
Tennessee, and so his level of actual inactivity has been considerable,
really post dating his eight round knockout loss to Lennox Lewis in the
same city on October 13th 2002.

Don Jose reveals that Mike Tyson wants to have three or four more
fights- two to get back in fighting shape and then a couple more for
big bucks. And when asked if Tyson could win the world title again he

Possibly he could, because you can not ever discount such a puncher
that this guy is. Mike Tyson is not the young Mike Tyson that we knew.
I dont think the Mike Tyson of today has the willpower, and the thirst
and hunger that he possessed in his prime. At that time, there was
absolutely nobody, nobody who could beat him.

But still, if he would give himself thoroughly to training
and get back to himself he could fight anybody still. He needs to have
his confidence back.?

Don Jose also observed that although Mike Tyson remains a
controversial figure for many people, hes also very popular and that
when he recently came to Mexico: He stole the show.?

Roy Jones Jr, whos due to fight Antonio Tarver in a much
anticipated re-match at light heavyweight, still hankers for a big pay
day bout against Mike Tyson, although nothing has been agreed. But Don
Jose says that it would be far from an ideal match. He said:

I think it would only be for the money, because Roy Jones Jr
is not really a heavyweight. Lets say both Tyson and Jones trained to
their best capacity, Tyson is still a power and it would be a difficult
fight for Roy. There is a lot of difference between Mike Tyson and John
Ruiz. John does not have the power that Mike has, by far. For me a bout
between Roy Jones and Mike Tyson, would be like a Billy Conn versus Joe
Louis type fight. Roy Jones could stay away from Mike and lead him on
points. But he would come out in every round and be under the mouth of
a volcano.?

Don Jose said that a loss for Roy Jones Jr against Mike Tyson
would risk some of his importance in the history of boxing, and quite
apart from that, although Mike Tyson is not still at his best: Hes a
destruction machine, and if he connects he could knock out Roy Jones.?
When asked how Mike Tyson will eventually be remembered, Don Jose
shrewdly observed: It depends on who writes history.?

Source: boxingscene