Down a narrow corridor they went, with photographers and TV cameramen jockeying for position.
The champion's wife wore a simple black dress; when the bright TV lights came on and the microphones were raised toward her, she displayed the five-carat diamond ring Tyson had given her and, smiling, said she was very much in love.
At the end of the corridor they turned and took seats inside a TV studio, where a satellite news conference linking New York and Tokyo was soon to begin. Under ordinary circumstances Tony Tubbs and Tyson would have been the focus of attention for the reporters in both cities. For it was their fight, scheduled for March 21, that had occasioned the transcontinental hookup.
But on this night early in February, Tyson and his wife, Robin Givens, who was featured in the ABC-TV situation comedy Head of the Class, were the bigger story. And that story, which Givens related before the news conference started, went like this:
While Tyson had broached the subject of marriage before, their wedding had been a spur-of-the-moment thing. The couple had gone to Chicago to watch the National Basketball Asso