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MIKE TYSON V BRUCE SELDON 1996

The fight against Bruce Seldon was the 46th of Tyson’s career and fourth since his comeback. Mike had already got the WBC belt by beating Bruno in 3 & now took WBA champion Bruce Seldon. Though Seldon was a champion he was a 20-1 underdog. He earned his biggest purse 5$ million while Tyson got 35$ million. The fight took place in Las Vegas on September 7th 96.
A one-sided contest with Tyson constantly chasing Bruce Seldon. Referee Richard Steele stopped the fight after 109 seconds in round one when Seldon went down for the second time.
Tyson now owned the WBC and WBA belts.

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MIKE TYSON V EVANDER HOLYFIELD 1996

The fight Holyfield vs Tyson should have already taken place in 1990 respectively 1991. The 90 date fell through because the Buster Douglas accident happened and the 91 clash couldn’t take place because Mike hurt his hip during a work-out. Tyson complained that Evander used headbutts which should become an important element in their 2nd clashhame for a former two times heavyweight champion, but when the public saw how confident Evander was the odds went down to 6-1 still in favour of Mike.

Holyfield had Tyson down in the sixth as well as in the tenth. Tyson fought on bravely but in the 11th round referee Mitch Halperin stopped the contest.

Tyson congratulated Holyfield to his victory.

Tyson had underestimated Holyfield, he thought that his would be a short night but when Holyfield did not go down within the first five rounds Tyson ran out of ideas, that simply did not belong to Tyson’s fight plan.

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Tyson selects Williams for comeback fight

Danny Williams will fly to New York on Sunday to put his name on a contract for a fight against Mike Tyson that will give the former British heavyweight champion from Brixton a large chunk of his pension.

Williams was selected from a long list of hopefuls for the chance to meet Tyson in Louisville, Kentucky, on 30 July, in a fight that he is expected to lose. In many ways, however, it is a fight in which he has absolutely nothing to lose.

There are still some contractual difficulties, but that is not unusual with Tyson and the fight is understood to be a done deal. Williams and Tyson are expected to meet on Tuesday to shake hands.

For Tyson it will be the 29th time that he has received in excess of $1m (£547,000) for a fight, but for Williams it will be the first time that he has been paid in excess of £200,000 for walking into the ring.

Williams, like Tyson, has his critics and during a career that started nine years ago he is the first to admit that he has not reached the level that his talent warrants.

Tyson, meanwhile, has admitted that after nearly 20 years at the top he has squandered over £164m, but now believes he has turned the corner and is ready to resume the career that he once had.

By Steve Bunce

Source: independent.co.uk

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Finkel Speaks About Details On Tyson Comeback: McBride and Mesi fights close

Shelly Finkel, the adviser of Mike Tyson, has said that Tyson will box and not fight mixed martial arts in the K-1 promotion. Tyson’s opponent is slated to be Kevin McBride, a heavyweight out of Ireland, the fight would take place around July 31 in the United States.

Finkel confirmed that Tyson has reunited with trainer Freddie Roach and Roach will train Tyson for the McBride bout. Roach said he will set up training camp in Phoenix for Tyson on May 10.

“If he fought the two fights, a fight against Lamon Brewster or Klitschko will be right there for him. Of course he has to buckle down and get back into it.” said Roach.

Finkel also said that Tyson and Joe Mesi could meet up by the end of the year in Madison Square Garden.

“It’s definitely going to happen,” said Finkel

Finkel also said that regardless of the 100 million dollar lawsuits that Tyson and King have against eachother, a reunion with Don King was not out of the question.

“Under the right circumstances, I’m open to discussing it. I’ve never said that we wouldn’t talk to him (Don King).” said Finkel

More quotes available in the extended section of this post (click ‘Read More‘ below).

Tyson back in picture
May fight Mesi on Garden card

Mike Tyson sits ringside at Garden last week. He may fight there by year’s end.

Negotiations for a bout between former
heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and contender Joe Mesi have heated up
to the point that Shelly Finkel, Tyson’s adviser, can almost see them
in the ring at Madison Square Garden in November or December.

“It’s definitely going to happen,” Finkel said yesterday. “It’s going to be in New York.”

The two sides are still discussing money, but it is a mutually
beneficial bout for both Mesi and Tyson. Mesi wants to be taken
seriously as a title contender and Tyson wants to regain the world
title. In the current heavyweight climate it won’t take long for Tyson
to get in the title mix.

Tyson’s appetite for the title must have been whetted when he watched
John Ruiz beat Fres Oquendo to retain the WBA crown and saw Chris Byrd
fight to a draw against Andrew Golota to retain the IBF title at the
Garden this past weekend.

It was the second straight heavyweight title card that Tyson attended.
The week before the Garden card, he saw Lamon Brewster beat Wladimir
Klitschko for the WBO title in Las Vegas. Both cards were promoted by
Don King, fueling speculation that Tyson might re-up with the promoter.
During the post-fight press conference at the Garden, King looked at
Tyson and said, “We’re waiting for you.”

“Anything is possible,” Finkel said when asked if Tyson would consider signing a promotional deal with King.

“Under the right circumstances, I’m open to discussing it. I’ve never said that we wouldn’t talk to him.”

Those circumstances would be a settlement of the $100 million lawsuit
that Tyson has filed against King for breach of contract. Tyson alleges
that King stole millions from him when he was promoting him from
1987-98. King is countersuing Tyson for $100 million.

King has control of three of the four major heavyweight titles. But
Finkel said that Tyson didn’t need King’s promotional might to make a
big fight, because he can still meet guys like Mesi and Roy Jones Jr.
and earn millions.

Tyson recently signed a lucrative promotional agreement with K-1, the
Japanese mixed martial arts company. Finkel said it is a one-fight
deal, and that Tyson will box and not fight mixed martial arts. Tyson
is tentatively set to box an Irish heavyweight named Kevin McBride
sometime in July on a K-1 show somewhere in the U.S.

Freddie Roach, who trained Tyson for his last bout against Clifford
Etienne in Memphis on Feb. 22, 2003, will train Tyson for the McBride
bout. Roach said he will set up training camp in Phoenix for Tyson on
May 10.

Roach believes that the 36-year-old Tyson could be back in the heavyweight title picture with victories over McBride and Mesi.

“With the heavyweight division the way it is now, he can make some
noise,” Roach said. “We’ll see if he’s got the discipline to do what it
takes.

“If he fought the two fights, a fight against Lamon Brewster or
(Vitali) Klitschko will be right there for him. Of course he has to
buckle down and get back into it.”

Sources: boxingscene.com and NewYork Daily News