BEIJING: Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson, his finances down for the count, may fight in China this year for a purse of some US$3mil, a sports promoter and state media said yesterday.
Zhang Heng, head of the Beijing Competition Administration Centre, said the centre was working with an agent of Tyson's to organise the October bout, but it had not yet been approved by the Beijing sports authority.
“We don't have any agreement yet. It's just a kind of intention,” Zhang said.
“It should be no problem to get approval from the authorities because we have been working on it for several years. The only thing we are paying close attention to is funding.”
Part of the deal, estimated to be worth US$3mil, was for Tyson, 37, to tour China for 10 days in June for “exchanges” with Chinese boxers, charity events and sightseeing, said the Web site of the official People's Daily, at www.people.com.cn.
“Tyson to tour China to ease bankruptcy,” read the headline. Tyson, widely considered a parody of the boxer he once was, would fight an unidentified Russian. – Reuters