Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bowe Sleeps, Manager Dreams of Heavyweight Bout with Tyson

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bowe Sleeps, Manager Dreams of Heavyweight Bout with Tyson

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While Riddick Bowe slept, manager Rock Newman talked about the fighter's future. And he talked big.

At a news conference Sunday, Newman talked about a Bowe-Mike Tyson fight, one day after Bowe's eighth-round victory in his rubber match against Evander Holyfield. Bowe was not present because he couldn't stay awake after talking on the telephone to his five children in Maryland at 7:30 a.m. (St. Louis time.)

"I called Don (Tyson promoter Don King) about an hour ago and we had a very pleasant conversation," Newman said. "If we don't make an attempt, Tyson-Bowe won't be made, and I will make the attempt."

While Tyson remains boxing's main attraction, Bowe laid a legitimate claim to being the world's premier heavyweight with his victory over Holyfield at Caesars Palace, a victory he achieved by getting up from a sixth-round knockdown.

The future for Holyfield, 33, is uncertain. Despite scoring the knockdown, he looked like a tired, old fighter Saturday night.

"If he were my fighter, I'd be very careful in taking future matches because the wear and tear have begun to show," said Eddie Futch, Bowe's trainer.

Newman said he will meet with King next week "probably in the evening." King is on trial in federal court at New York for wire fraud.

"To regain credibility, they (Tyson and King) have to do something dramatic, and we want to be part of the drama," Newman said. "I think it would be a perfect fight for Riddick."

Tyson's fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand against Buster Mathis Jr. was called off last Tuesday because of Tyson's fractured right thumb. With only 89 seconds of fighting (his victory over Peter McNeeley Aug. 19), it is unlikely Tyson will fight the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Bowe in the near future.

Tyson could fight Mathis in January and he is expected to challenge Frank Bruno of Britain for the World Boxing Council title March 16 at the MGM Grand. …

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