Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tyson Deserted by Both His Skill and His Fortune

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tyson Deserted by Both His Skill and His Fortune

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Byline: DAVID SMITH

MIKE TYSON is shot as a top boxer, and nothing he does against London's Danny Williams here on Friday night will change that.

Evidence was offered yesterday within the covered pedestrian precinct where Fourth Street meets Muhammad Ali Boulevard in downtown Louisville.

Tyson was once a snarling intimidator. Now, as he went through the motions of a public workout, that tattooed face looked almost fragile. Furrows of age ran deep across his forehead.

He was sweating even before he reached the specially-erected ring.

A compelling superstar? No. Now he's a freak show.

The compere tried to generate an atmosphere, screaming: "Let's get real in Louis-veal!"

It was more a case of surreal in "Louis-veal" as he shoved a microphone under Tyson's nose. "Can you feel the love, Mike?" he urged.

"Can't you just feel it?"

Tyson looked bemused. "Sure, I feel it," he whispered.

It was obvious he knew he should not have been there, meeting a contractual obligation to flog the remaining 6,000 tickets for the encounter with Williams inside the city's 19,000-capacity Freedom Hall.

At the age of 38, this former undisputed world heavyweight champion ought to have been enjoying a retirement buoyed by a fortune that once stood at an estimated [pounds sterling]300million. But now his finances are as bankrupt as his ability to fight at the very highest level of this most testing of sports. He will share a square of canvas with Williams for no other reason than he needs the money.

Where did it all go wrong? Tyson believes an answer lies in a new book offering evidence that a verdict of guilty at his rape trail 12 years ago was the wrong one.

Alan Dershowitz, the acclaimed Harvard University law professor, has written "America on Trial: Inside The Legal Battles That Transformed Our Nation". …

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