Tyson checks in with sheriff, greets fans


Published: May 8, 2004

Mike Tyson did some preliminary roadwork Friday in a surprise visit to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Tyson registered as a sex offender inside the central court complex,
according to Lt. J.J. Tuttle, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Tyson, who spent three years in prison on a rape conviction in Indiana,
signed autographs while standing on a sidewalk outside of the building.

The former heavyweight champ plans to open a training camp next week at
Central Boxing, a Phoenix gym on west Van Buren Street near 17th Avenue.

“I was told to be there next Thursday,” Tyson trainer Freddie Roach
said from Las Vegas, where he will be in the corner tonight for Manny
Pacquiao in a featherweight title fight against Juan Manuel Marquez.
There has been speculation for weeks that Tyson (50-4, 44 KOs) was
about to resume training at Central, which once was named after him. He
has trained at the Phoenix gym, off and on, since November 1998. During
the last few months, he has been living in north Phoenix, where he has
often been seen jogging. He also has been lifting weights at an
undisclosed location.

However, plans for a training camp hinged on a fight. Now, it appears
that Tyson has a date, July 31, for a bout against Kevin McBride
(31-4-1, 26 KOs), a 6-foot-6 Irishman who now lives in Brockton, Mass.
An official announcement is expected within the next two weeks.

Initially, Roach, who fought as a featherweight in the Valley 25 years
ago, said he had planned to arrive Sunday and open the camp Monday.

Before the Pacquiao-Marquez weigh-in Friday at the MGM Grand, however, he said was told to wait until Thursday.

Roach trained Tyson for his last fight, a 49-second knockout of
Clifford Etienne 14 months ago in Memphis, Tenn.

Source: azcentral.com