Tyson gets another new opponent; Laila Ali joins card


Published: June 21, 2004

Mike Tyson has a big new opponent and a big-name undercard star for his planned fight July 30 at Freedom Hall.

British heavyweight champion Danny Williams replaces Kevin McBride as
Tyson’s opponent. And Laila Ali, the daughter of three-time heavyweight
champion Muhammad Ali, has agreed to fight on the undercard, local
promoter Chris Webb said.

“Williams … is a freakin’ puncher,” said Webb, president of Straight-Out Promotions.

“This guy here could give Mike problems. This is a fight.”

Williams, a 30-year-old native of London, has a 31-3 record with
26 knockouts. In his most recent fight last month, the 6-foot-3
Williams weighed 2641/2 pounds. He has lost to Michael Sprott, Sinan
Samil Sam and Julius Francis.

Ali, 26, began boxing five years ago. She has a 16-0 record with 13 knockouts. No opponent for July 30 has been named.

Tyson’s appearance here has been in the works nearly a year and
isn’t finalized. Webb said he expects an announcement this week
finalizing the Tyson fight, which would be on Showtime

Source: courier-journal.com