BASN Boxing Roundup: Tyson, Holyfield To Return To The Ring

By Francis Walker
Updated: October 1, 2006

NEW YORK — Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson returns to the boxing ring once again on Friday, October 20. The Chevrolet Centre in Yorkstown , Ohio will be the setting for the start of “Mike Tyson’s World Tour”.

Tyson will be featured in a series of four-three minutes rounds in series of exhibition bouts against heavyweight fighters. His first opponent is Corey “T-Rex” Sanders (23-10, 15 KOs), a huge 6-foot-5, 300-pound professional fighter.

Sanders’ biggest victory occurred in 2002 when he knocked out current WBC heavyweight champion, Oleg Maskaev. Sanders has also fought former heavyweight title challengers Andrew Golota and Michael Grant.

Sanders have not won fight since defeating Maskaev four years ago. The Mike Tyson World Tour will be available on pay per view at a suggest retail of $29.99. Ticket prices will be as low as $25.

“Fans will get to see Mike Tyson fight for $25″, said promoter Sterling McPherson, who is also a friend of Tyson. “You can’t see Barry Bonds or Michael Jordan for that amount of money”.

These exhibition fights will not count as a victory or a defeat for either Tyson or Sanders. In fact, since this is an exhibition match, both Tyson and Sanders will have the option of wearing headgear.

These Tyson exhibitions will allow people to see the former “Baddest Man on the Planet” in action and could determine whether Tyson can and will fight professionally again.

Tyson retired after suffering his third knockout loss in his last four bouts. Tyson has not fought since losing to Kevin McBride (KO by 6) in June 2005. Tyson ended his career with an impressive record of 50-6, 44 KOs. Tyson also has 22 first-round KO victories.

Tyson has been in debt to the IRS for several years. It’s hardly a surprise that Tyson has returned to boxing in some capacity.

“The money I get from this won’t get me out of debt,” Tyson said. “It is nice to win though. Depression is a very serious thing for a fighter.”

The guy has made more than $100 million throughout a much storied and most controversial career. From becoming the youngest fighter to win the heavyweight championship at age 20 and the first to unify the WBC, WBA, and IBF heavyweight titles and he is depressed? Tyson could have bought himself a new life.

Tyson should be known as the “Saddest Man on the Planet”.

Holyfield To Resume Comeback in November Another former heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, will resume his career on November 20, when he challenges former heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo.

The bout will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and will be broadcast on pay per view. The suggested retail price is $44.95.

Holyfield is the first boxer to unify the world cruiserweight and heavyweight championships. Holyfield has fought some of the biggest names in boxing history: George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, and Lennox Lewis to name a few.

The 43-year-old Holyfield is on a mission to become the first fighter to win a heavyweight championship five times.

Holyfield launched a successful comeback in August when he TKO’d journeyman Jeremy Bates in the second round. His task will not be easy, as the 33 year-old Fres Oquendo proves to be a much more durable opponent than Bates, who suffered seven knockout losses prior to meeting Holyfield.

Oquendo was inactive for nearly two years after losing two consecutive world title bids in 2003 and 2004. Since his return in February 2006, Oquendo has won his last two fights.

Holyfield is fighting for one last world heavyweight title to end a storied career. Fighting at 220, the 6-foot-2 former champion has made a career out of beating taller and stronger fighters.

Pretty soon the world will have an opportunity to determine just how much Holyfield has left.