Published: September 5, 2005
Source: RIA Novosti
Recently retired U.S. boxer
and former World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson arrived in the Russian
capital Monday night on a private visit.
provoked strong media interest, but the boxer avoided
journalists and quickly headed to his hotel.
The length of his trip and his plans
while in the country have not been announced.
Mike Tyson has
asked for a meeting with Russian Liberal Democratic Party leader
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, or LDPR,
Duma faction’s press service said, Interfax reported.
Tyson’s agent phoned the press service to announce the boxer’s desire to meet Zhirinovsky, an LDPR official told Interfax.
“The LDPR leader agreed to meet Tyson, and a meeting
will take place on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in the State Duma,” the source
Later, however, the LDPR press service announced that
Tuesday’s meeting would take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Czech-themed
restaurant “U Shveika,” located near the Barrikadnaya metro station, in
the center of the city.
Zhirinovsky expressed his condolences to Tyson about
the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and suggested Tyson come to live in
Russia. He went on to suggest that boxing matches could be held in
Moscow and the two could socialize. He also promised to offer Tyson
some of “his own green tea.”
Former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson failed to turn up to a meeting Tuesday with leader of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
According to Zhirinovsky, who has a reputation as an extravagant politician and something of an ultra-nationalist, Tyson was not feeling well.