Tyson vs Rickson in Japan?


Published: December 26, 2003

Thursday, December 25 2003

By Joe Koizumi

An influential Japanese sports paper has reported on the front page on the Christmas Eve edition that Mike Tyson would battle Brazilian jujitsu expert Rickson Gracie in Japan next spring.

The Japanese K-1 group plans a final fight of the legendary judoka Rickson (pronounced Hickson) taking place against Iron Mike.

Rickson has been unbeaten in more than 400 battles, having defeated nine wrestlers or K-l battlers here in Japan. The detailed report said that the planned Tyson vs. Gracie bout would be the historically biggest K-1 event ever. Not only Rickson but the winner of ex-sumo grand champ Akebono and K-1 battler Bob Sapp on December 31 is anticipating a sensational encounter with Tyson here.

Is it true that Mike Tyson will face such a jujitsu expert as the formidable Rickson?

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