Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Tyson at Last Call for Holmes Mccall, Seldon May Set Up Big Paydays

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

No Tyson at Last Call for Holmes Mccall, Seldon May Set Up Big Paydays

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Former boxing champions, including Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler, were being introduced when some fans started chanting, "We want Mike, we want Mike."

They didn't get to see Mike Tyson, who stayed away from the five-title fight card Saturday night at Caesars Palace, although he was in town.

They did see Oliver McCall and Bruce Seldon get in line for potentially rich paydays in fights against Tyson by winning heavyweight title matches.

They also saw 45-year-old Larry Holmes fight for the last time in losing a close, but unanimous, decision to McCall in a bid for the WBC championship.

"I fell short of victory and of my goal," Holmes said. "It's time to give it up, but nobody should feel sorry for me. Boxing has been great. I've had 26 years of happiness. Boxing don't owe me nothing. I owe boxing everything."

McCall and Seldon, who won the WBA title by stopping Tony Tucker after seven rounds, will have to make a defense or two before Tyson is ready to challenge for a championship. They, or whoever unseats them, are much more in the Tyson mix than IBF champion George Foreman and WBO champion Riddick Bowe.

McCall and Seldon are promoted by Don King, Tyson's promoter, and so will be any opponents they might fight in the near future. Foreman, 46, and Bowe are not promoted by King and, besides, Foreman with his power and Bowe with his size would appear to be more dangerous opponents than either McCall or Seldon.

Tyson, released from prison March 25 after serving three years on a rape conviction, probably will have at least two tuneup fights before he's ready for a title bid. The former undisputed champion, who has not fought since outpointing Donovan "Razor" Ruddock on June 28, 1991, probably could begin his comeback early this fall.

"Mike Tyson is a good friend of mine, but Mike Tyson is not the champion," said McCall, a former Tyson sparring partner. …

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