Published: June 9, 2005
June 8, 2005
WASHINGTON (Ticker) – Former champion Mike Tyson plans to continue his boxing career regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s heavyweight fight against Northern Ireland’s Kevin McBride at the MCI Center.
Promoter Rock Newman believes this fight represents “a final chance” for the 38-year-old Tyson to win a shot at a title. But Tyson does not agree.
“If I lose, I just keep fighting until I get what I want in life,” Tyson said. “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’s last fight ended in a fourth-round knockout loss to Britain’s Danny Williams last July 30. He lost his last title fight to Lennox Lewis in 2002.
Trainer Jeff Fenech believes Tyson is mentally stronger now than he was for the fight against Williams.
“Mike and I have prepared mentally and physically,” Fenech said. “My job is to make Mike happy, to make him enjoy training. He has done that tremendously. I have no fears whatsoever that Mike Tyson will be fully in control of his emotions, and his actions and we believe it will be a successful night.”
Tyson is trying to distance himself from his reputation for erratic behavior that reached a low point when he was disqualified for biting a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear in a 1997 fight.
“I’m not going to bite anybody or break anybody’s arm or hit anybody after the bell,” Tyson said.