Tyson: 'World Tour' could include fights with women

10/20/2006 - Boxing

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- Mike Tyson said fans should not expect
much of a fight when he steps back into the ring.

But the 40-year-old former heavyweight champ promised an
entertaining show Friday night when he launches the "Mike Tyson's
World Tour" in Youngstown.

At a news conference at an Italian restaurant, Tyson said he
would likely go just four rounds and that future stops on the tour
might include bouts with women, possibly professional boxer Ann

Wolfe, from Waco, Texas, is 21-1 with 15 knockouts.

"She's such a prominent, dominant woman in the boxing field,"
Tyson said.

When asked if he was joking about fighting women, Tyson said,
"I'm very serious."

Russ Young, a promoter for Wolfe, said such a bout will never

"That's the first we've heard of it," Young said. "No state
would sanction that. She would be outweighed by 60 to 70 pounds.
Ann would never entertain the idea."

Tyson said the tour was meant to be fun and raise money for

"It's all fun. I'm not Mike Tyson," he said, referring to the
fierce boxer whose career was upended by a prison term. "I'm not
20 years old. I'm not going to smash anybody. I'm not going to talk
about smashing anybody's brains. You're not going to see that guy
no more."

At the press conference, Tyson posed for photos with fans,
signed autographs and campaigned for Maryland U.S. Senate candidate
Michael Steele.

Tyson, wearing a white and blue Steele for U.S. Senate T-shirt,
said he used to believe black Republicans were "sellouts." But
Tyson said he changed his mind after researching the Maryland
lieutenant governor.

"We have to open our eyes more," Tyson said, as he pointed to
his T-shirt.

His recent years have been marked by embarrassing fights --
inside and out of the ring -- and staggering debt. Tyson last fought
in June 2005, losing to the unheralded Kevin McBride.

He will return to the ring Friday at the 6,000-seat Chevrolet
Centre in Youngstown for a pay-per-view event against former
sparring partner Corey "T-Rex" Sanders.

Tyson had said he was finished with boxing after his bout with
McBride, which he quit after six rounds.

The man who vowed to eat Lennox Lewis' children and bit off a
piece of Evander Holyfield's ear has said he's in no mood for a

He recently trained in a makeshift ring at a Las Vegas hotel.

Tyson shot to fame by knocking out Trevor Berbick in 1986 to
become the youngest heavyweight champion in history at age 20. He
was knocked out by James "Buster" Douglas in 1990 and lost his
world heavyweight title. He later served prison time for rape,
returned to fighting and infamously bit Holyfield's ear in a 1997