McBride sounds off!


Published: June 21, 2004

Irish journeyman, Kevin McBride, looked to be well on his way to being ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson’s next opponent on July 30th. But when Shelly Finkel told Fightnews on Friday that “McBride was out” and British heavyweight “Danny Williams was in” because of a “money issue,” McBride contacted Figtnews. He states: “I thought I was the guy who was suppose to fight Mike Tyson! My lawyer, Mike Monahan, says that there might be a standing oral agreement, and he might enforce it. I really want to fight Tyson. And, I turned down fights because I was waiting to fight him. I agreed to all the terms…the money, the date and the venue. My promoter Richie Cappiello said that they were going to give me $350,000 plus $50,000 in training expenses. But, things changed when the promoters changed from K-1 to Straight Out Promotions. I know I would be a better opponent that (Danny) Williams because people would be coming from Boston and Ireland to see me fight. People say I haven’t fought anybody, but I fought the same guys that the Klitschko’s have fought. I’m not saying I’m the best fighter in the world, but you don’t have to be to beat Tyson. It only takes one punch in heavyweight boxing. It has always been my dream to fight Tyson, ever since I was 9 years old. I’m not knocking Peter McNeely (former Tyson foe), but he is half Irish and I’m 100% Irish, and that’s a big difference! Look, all I want to do is fight. I’ll fight Tyson for free… just for the honor.” Finkel told Fightnews “There was never a completed deal with McBride, and his side knew it. When it came time that they couldn’t get that money, they wouldn’t go lower. So, we went with someone else.”