Published: June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
By Julian Burgower
and “Priceless” Steve Price
Photos: Ed Mulholland
ClichÃ©s are abundant in the vocabulary of boxing
enthusiasts. One of the most repeated is that the punch is the last thing
to go when referring to an aging fighter. Former undisputed heavyweight
champion Mike Tyson has learned that there in nowhere to turn after the
punch has left the building as well. 15,432 fans learned as well.
At the post-fight press conference at the MCI Center in
Washington DC last night Tyson talked about his inability to halt a fighter
that has been the victim of four knockout losses in a career that had
been built on second rate opposition.
Im not trying to take anything away from Kevin McBride.
We know his record; we know his credentials. But if I cant beat him,
I cant even beat Jill or Joe.? Tyson used that reasoning when he announced
that the TKO loss to McBride was his last fight, citing that he doesnt
have the burning fire inside him anymore for the sport he once ruled with
an iron fist. I just dont have this in my gut anymore,? admitted a once-again
humbled Tyson. Tyson continued that he would not fight anymore as to not
disrespect the sport of boxing. Tyson apparently did not think about disrespecting
the sport in the final round when he admittedly twice attempted to break
McBrides arm in clinches and blatantly delivered a head butt that opened
up a cut to the Irishmans eye. I was desperate; I wanted to win!?
Although Tyson is still heavily indebted to the government
after his recent bankruptcy settlement, he stated that he is planning
to travel abroad to pursue missionary work to better himself as a person.
If I get some money Ill pay them. If I dont have it I wont pay. If
I get some money Ill pay these guys.?
Tyson admitted that his career had been essentially over
since 1990, when he lost to Buster Douglas in one of the biggest upsets
in heavyweight boxing history. You guys define me as a fighter. You know,
I look at my fans and they dont love me. They dont know me well enough
to love-.they love what I do. Im a professional- they come to be entertained.
Im an entertainer. They wont let me into their house; they wont let
me marry or go out with their daughters. I entertain them.? Tyson has
entertained us all for many years. Some for the fighter he was, some for
the fighter or entertainer he had become.
Kevin McBride, who
improved to 33-4 (28), was very respectful to Tyson in the press conference,
calling him one of the greatest fighters off all time. He (Tyson) hits
as hard as anyone Ive been hit by so far,? disclosed the ‘The Clones
Im an Irish warrior.
I proved that tonight. Im not the fastest guy in the world, but Ive
got a big heart. Im not Muhammad Ali, but Im Kevin McBride.? McBride
continued in declaring his goal to be the first Irish-born heavyweight
champion of the world, calling out John Ruiz, Vilali Klitschko and Hasim
Rahman. McBride disclosed that much to the disbelief of many, he had commissioned
a hypnotist to assist in his preparations. I heard that they are supposed
to make you quack like a duck and bark like a dog.? He fought like a warrior.
Talk the talk and you have to walk the walk and I walked the walk- thank
Laila Ali, still undefeated and still adorned with a plethora
of championship belts after knocking out challenger Erin Toughill, spoke
of what the future holds for her after the third round stoppage. The
two girls I want to fight are Leatitia Robinson and Ann Wolfe. Wolfe,
because shes a strong girl; she had a good record, shes been talking
a lot of noise and he public wants to see me fight her.?
Weighing several options, her husband and manager Yahya
McClain said they would be going overseas to fight.
Lucia Rijker is out of the question. Women come in all
sizes just like men. So, Im not interested in fighting any more small
women. I did it once with Christy Martin. She begged for the fight, shed
been asking for it for a year and a half?I didnt get much out of it.
She was too small. She shouldnt have been in there with me in the first
place. Im not going to go down in history for fighting these little women.
You see what I did to that girl (Toughill)? Shes my size.?
Raging Promotions promoted Capital Explosion? in association
with The Stuckey Group and Peake Management Group, Inc.