View Full Version : Mike Tyson Oficially signs with K-1. Fighting in Summer

Mr. Beelzebub
04-15-2004, 11:45 AM
TOKYO, April 15, 2004 -- K-1 has come to terms with boxing legend Mike Tyson for his debut in the World's premier fighting sport. Financial details were not disclosed, but the Brooklyn-born former world heavyweight champion's first K-1 bout will be on or around July 31st of this year.

"After many months of negotiations with Tyson and his representatives, we signed a contract on April 11 (Japan time)," announced K-1 Event producer Sadaharu Tanikawa to a standing-room-only press conference at the Takanawa Prince Hotel in central Tokyo. The contract calls for a fight this summer, and gives K-1 an option for two further Tyson fights.

K-1 initially wanted to hold the fight in Japan, but due to difficulties getting Tyson a visa for this country, the organization is now going with an American venue -- New York City's Madison Square Gardens and Los Angeles' Staples Center were both mentioned at the press conference.

The fighter who will face "Iron Mike" is also a matter of ongoing consideration and negotiations, although Tanikawa did refer to Bob Sapp, Jerome LeBanner, Ray Sefo and Musashi as possibilities.

Tanikawa said that although K-1 Rules would be best, a final decision on the bout's format would be made at a later date, possibly when Tyson 's opponent is announced.

"The main thing for now is that we do have a deal with Mike and he is excited about it and eager to fight," said a K-1 representative. "Mike will be at the K-1 Battle of the Bellagio II in Las Vegas this April 30, and we will release more information at that time."

While Tyson will of course be the main event, there are also plans to pack the card with K-1's biggest stars, said the representative. "This will permit us to showcase K-1 to a wide international audience in advance of the Athens Olympics [which start August 13]."

TBS will handle the Japanese broadcasting, and negotiations are in progress stateside on a pay-per-view deal for what promises to be the fightsport event of 2004.

04-15-2004, 02:15 PM
If it's under k-1 rules mike better start training.

04-15-2004, 02:39 PM
I hope someone kicks his head off

04-15-2004, 02:53 PM
Under K1 rules he could still beat Sapp, but I think LeBanner would hurt Mike with those kicks.

04-15-2004, 03:48 PM
Mike seriously needs the money. I guess this would be good for him.

04-15-2004, 04:01 PM
Originally posted by Blue
Under K1 rules he could still beat Sapp, but I think LeBanner would hurt Mike with those kicks.

remember the unfamous LeBanner's jaw, he loses a very important point with this aginst Tyson...

04-15-2004, 06:16 PM
If they put him up against a k-1 fighter with even half was decent boxing skills, Tyson is in for a world of hurt

He has never taken a kick and if he is fighting someone that can hold him off for long enough and start to work the low kicks, he is in for a rough night

04-15-2004, 06:59 PM
Mike has a high threshold for pain and a good chin, I think he'll rape almost all K1 fighters, no one in K1 has boxing skill anywhere near Tyson's, except Briggs and Tyson would probably KO him too. It's gonna have to be someone with real good kicks and mobility.

04-15-2004, 07:25 PM
I bet it ends up being boxing and a quick ko.

Curly Howard
04-15-2004, 07:29 PM
I'm excited about this match. I hope to see a guy like Tyson in mma soon.
Ray Sefo would be a great match. He would try to get in Tyson's head and aggravate him.
I'd like to see a strong kicker go up against him and work the legs.
Sapp would get raped. No contest. Tyson's been punched by the best strikers in the world. Sapp went down from a punch by Kimo.

04-15-2004, 11:08 PM
Sapp is a joke. Everyone knows it

04-15-2004, 11:27 PM
Hell yeah. finally tyson is in K-1. i heard about it for a long time and now its official. i like tyson alot. he has knockout power and could hang with the best of them.

Mr. Beelzebub
04-16-2004, 10:28 AM

He's probably gonna end up fighting Sapp.... Another 20 second fighte.

04-16-2004, 10:53 AM
on the bright side he will most likely kill Sapp. I'd pay to see that

04-16-2004, 12:56 PM
Personally, I'd rather pay to see someone kill Tyson. He's a good, good boxer, but I have no respect for the man.

Curly Howard
04-21-2004, 08:41 AM
ROUFUS vs TYSON - Redemption

For immediate release

4/19/2004 - 10:00 PM CST

Chicago, IL Too Famous Press Room

Amidst controversy, rumors, chat room banter and League vs League speculation — things are heating up for what is being hailed as the '"Fight of Century". Six-time World Champion and two time K-1 veteran, Rick 'the Jet' Roufus is hot in training for a battle against boxing legend Mike Tyson.

While exact figures have yet to be published — it is understood that it will take $10,000,000 million to get Mike Tyson back into the ring. While Tyson's tentative fight with the FEG (Fight Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of the K-1 organization) promoters is slated to take place this summer for an offer of 9.5 million — anyone "going for the gold" will be pleased to know that only the Too Famous Production of ROUFUS vs TYSON — Redemption is offering a progressive Five-million dollar ($5,000,000) purse to the winner. This ' progressive' purse is the first of its kind in the world for such a match.

Attorneys for ROUFUS vs TYSON — Redemption are working out the details of the contracts so that a date and venue can be formerly announced. And yes, Mike needs to sign the contract…he's also got to fight.

What impact this will have on the speculated July 31st fight being attempted by the FEG is unknown. What is known is that Pay-per-view carriers are already lining up, fans and odds makers everywhere are researching the figures, the history and even developing blow-by-blow scenarios while anxiously anticipating this World Class premiere bout. No matter which side of the coin people are on — it seems that the unanimous decision of the worldwide audience, is to see this fight go on. Mike Tyson was ringside at the recent Madison Square Garden card featuring Andrew Golata a cheering crowd enticed him to "step back into the ring."

The only thing aside from the referees that can break this up are semi-confirmed rumors of a Department of Justice investigation for Unfair Business Practices regarding the K-1 owners and promoters and the FEG. It is grounds of the Department of Justice speculation that the K-1 has 'Enronishly' duped the spectators and investors through such practices — and it is well known that the former owners and founders owe the IRS $2.5 million in corporate income tax and underreporting an estimated $7.5 million in earnings, from 1996 to 2000, not including Mike Tyson's bankruptcy debts.

The IKF (International Kickboxing Federation, IKFKickboxing.com) has been asked to be the sanctioning body for the event on the Kickboxing side. Awaiting reply from Tyson's camp, no boxing sanctioning body has yet been determined. However, 'post' contract signing, it is sure to follow, as it will be needed for this Hybrid match.

Rolf Williams - Too Famous Correspondent

Curly Howard
04-21-2004, 08:41 AM
not a good fight for Rick

04-21-2004, 12:37 PM
As much as I don't like Tyson, I think Roufus is mo' dead than fried chicken.

Mr. Beelzebub
04-21-2004, 01:29 PM
Roufus is waay past his prime... This is gonna look worse than Roufus vs. Williams.

04-21-2004, 02:35 PM
Roufus looked pretty in the K-1 in Vegas, until he ran into Williams. I think he'd actually beat that waste of space Botha, and he'd give Briggs a hard time.
But Tyson hits too ****ing hard. I see Tyson pinning Roufus against the ropes and landing something huge. Then it's lights out.

04-21-2004, 02:52 PM
My guess is someone will catch Roufus's decapitated head in the 3rd row.

04-21-2004, 09:51 PM
I wouldn't. tyson is the best. i know nobody respects him cuz he bit off holyfields ear, but dam, he was gettin head butted.

04-21-2004, 11:23 PM
Is it wrong of me to hope they both kill each other?