Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Reborn Tyson Hopes for Berth as Champ

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Reborn Tyson Hopes for Berth as Champ

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Mike Tyson is excited about becoming a champion again and thrilled about being a father again.

He expects to become WBC heavyweight champion Saturday night when he challenges Frank Bruno in his third fight since beginning a comeback from a four-year layoff in August.

He became a father again when a girl named Rayna was born to him and his girlfriend Monica Turner on Valentine's Day. Tyson also has a 5-year-old daughter named Mickey, who lives with her mother in New York.

"I'm very excited," Tyson said about his new daughter. "Her mother is extremely beautiful. But (Rayna) is beautiful, so gorgeous she makes her mother look like a yard dog."

Rayna and her mother seem to have Tyson looking forward to family life.

"There comes a time in your life when you have to forget the past and move forward," said Tyson, who has made as many headlines for what he's done outside the ring as for what he's done in it.

"I am a Muslim, and my lifestyle has to be conducted in a certain way. I'm by no means perfect. I'm trying to do the right thing and stay positive. It's an ongoing process."

Tyson became a Muslim while serving three years in an Indiana prison on a rape conviction. He was released last March 25.

While Tyson thinks he was born to box, he also believes "if I put the enthusiasm into doing something else that I put into boxing, I would be successful at that."

As for being in a championship fight for the first time since being upset by James "Buster" Douglas Feb. 11, 1990, Tyson said,"I'm very anxious. I'm looking forward to it. I'm trying to keep my head and stay relaxed."

While Tyson's and Bruno's roles are reversed from when they fought Feb. 25, 1989, Tyson and the oddsmakers believe the outcome will be the same.

"He's not going to beat me," Tyson said. "Five thousand fans will be coming to root for him and 5,000 will be taking the long depressing trip back to England. …

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