Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tyson's Foes as Easy to Tap as Our Wallets

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tyson's Foes as Easy to Tap as Our Wallets

Article excerpt

Don King got me again.

This time, boxing's most charismatic rainmaker coaxed me into pressing a remote-control button on my home satellite TV system to monitor Mike Tyson's comeback.

I contributed $39.95 to the King-Tyson fund. Pizza not included. That was an awful lot of jack spent to watch Frank Bruno disgrace the United Kingdom.

The Big Brit was all but shivering in fear as he entered the ring to defend his World Boxing Council heavyweight title against Tyson. Tyson did not have to rip the WBC belt from Bruno's waist. The terrified Bruno went quietly.

Bruno, at 247, outweighed Tyson by 27 pounds. At least 50 pounds of that Bruno girth is centered in his porcelain chin, still one of boxing's most inviting and reliable targets.

Bruno's strategy: try to bear-hug Tyson to death. In Round 2, rooster-like referee Mills Lane angrily deducted a point from Bruno for incessant holding.

In Round 3, Tyson clubbed a bleeding Bruno with eight consecutive punches, the first a vicious shot to the rib cage. God Save the Queen . . . Mills stopped it 50 seconds into the round, yanking the mouthpiece from the sagging Bruno's mouth.

Tony Twist would last longer.

Tyson has reclaimed one-third of boxing's cheapened heavyweight crown. He's sharing the prize with Bruce Seldon (World Boxing Association) and Francois Botha (International Boxing Federation).

I am not familiar with either of these gentlemen. I can only assume that Tyson's real challenger, the talented but uninspired Riddick Bowe, is too busy eating to concern himself with winning back the title.

Like most boxing fans, I am hooked by Tyson. I am fascinated by his return from a three-year imprisonment. I am intrigued by the major changes in Tyson's character. After serving his time, the convicted rapist has embraced religion and adopted a new lifestyle. Away from the ring, Tyson lives in virtual seclusion. …

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