SHOWTIME FRONTS TYSON IRS CASH
Besieged by the Internal Revenue Service who are threatening to sell his homes in Ohio, Delaware, and Nevada because he owes them $13 million in back taxes, Mike Tyson this week received a $24 million dollar advance from Showtime Entertainment Television, or the Pay Per View arm of SHOWTIME.
"D" DAY WAS NEW YEARS EVE
The "G" had given Tyson until December 31, to come up with the cash. But Tyson won't fight until January 16, thus he the needed loan. This puts Tyson upright financially once again.
WHO'S DA' BUM?
The only thing I can tell you for sure is that it'll be somebody who can't punch. That's why the short list consisted of Axel Schultz, Frans Botha, and Brian Nielsen. All three guys have been confirmed as being the fodder feasted upon the King of Pay Per View in his first outing since the infamous bite fight. As of Friday AM, Botha was the leading candidate.
FINKEL STILL THERE
Shelley Finkel still seems to have the most clout in the group said to be representing the former champion. The former rock manager/promoter who guided most of the 1984 Olympic Team to professional glory has been dissed by Tyson in private discussions with a number of people.
The guy holding the pads with Tyson these days is said to be Stacy McKinley. Texas conditioner Jessie Reid tried to work things out but he is not a man who can be disrespected, abused, or not listened to. Mike knows this, thus Jessie wasn't the guy.
McKinley has worked with a number of pugs in the past, including Tyson. But Stacy is a low keyed type of guy that Mike could steam roll, and that's why he's there.
THE METAMORPHOSIS OF HAMHEAD
From hero to zero, and in just one night! Is it possible? Naseem Hamed was hammered without mercy by the English press this week following his 12 round decision over Wayne McCullough last Saturday night in Atlantic City.
LOOKED LIKE SPIT
How can anybody say that Hamed looked good against Wayne? And for those of you who compare his abilities to that of Muhammad Ali, you should go back to school and take the course Boxing 101.
BRITISH FANS THOUGHT HE LOST
There were a lot of Brits present in the Convention Center who thought Hamed had lost. Disgusted by the assaholic behavior exhibited by their royal midget, some of them headed for the exits before the decision was even announced.
HAMHEAD, WARREN, HBO, AND DK
Frank Warren has been Hamed's promoter of record. In fact, it was Warren who brought Hamed to Home Box Office who then signed him to a multi fight deal.
WARREN MISREPRESENTED HIMSELF AGAIN
Frankie baby told HBO that he had no contract splitting the promotional rights of Hamed with Don King. This was a blatant mistruth and it is the basis of King being able to legally freeze all of Warren's assets as he has done of late.
KING 7, WARREN ZERO!
That's how many straight hearings promoter Don King has won in his battle with Warren in the UK courts. A final decision in the matter will come in January. But my legal minds tell me that there is nothing Warren can do to avoid King taking darn near everything he has.
DON AIN'T WILLING TO DEAL
DK is not willing to settle this matter with his former partner Warren. "I brought that man back from Chapter 7 in the bankruptcy book, and he screwed me." The impression I get is that King wants Warren to crawl.
WARREN BANKED ON CONVICTION
But instead, King was acquitted of Fraud charges this past July.
Warren told HBO he had Hamed in pocket until late 1999, when in fact his agreement with the Prince expired in August pf 1998.
TONIGHT ON THE "DEUCE"
For those of you in the eastern two thirds of the United States, the Friday Night Fights on ESPN are a present from God. But, if you live in the Pacific time zone, you have a fight card that begins at 5:00 on the west coast, a time when most people are in rush hour transit.
PAZMAN VS ALLEN
Vinnie Pazienza nd Arthur Allen will hook it up in the main event on the Friday Night Fights on ESPN 2.
A CHANGE IMMINENT?
According to matchmaker supreme Russell Peltz, the ESPN suits are considering changing the starting time to 9:00 PM ET, or 6:00 PM in the west. "If they decide to change the starting time, it won't happen until January," said Peltz who will appear on Ring Talk Saturday night at 11:06 PM ET on the Talk America radio Network with LIVE Internet audio at www.talkamerica.com
NOT YET CONFIRMED...
Are SHOWTIME Chief Jay Larkin, who will hopefully discuss next Friday's card at the Las Vegas Hilton that features the rematch between unbeaten 105 lb. champs Ricardo Lopez and Rosendo Alvarez.
Their first encounter ended in a controversial technical draw ruling after Lopez was butted. BUTT or not, Alvarez was kicking the snot out of the highly regarded Lopez who had been hammered early and knocked down by the Nicaraguan.
SHOWTIME WILL AIR...
The fight along with an appearance by Christy Martin against some hobo-ess at 10 PM ET with the fight being delayed on the west coast also beginning at 10 PM PT.
One of your favorite guests Harold Ledrman of HBO fame will also be a guest on the Saturday night show as will Charles Muniz, a New Jerseysite who was supposed to promote hamed-McCullough.
PINCHED NERVE SLOWS THE POISON
While reading a new JFK Assassination book three weeks ago in bed, I fell asleep and awoke with a pinched nerve in my neck/back. The prescribed medication is why I've been less venomous this week.
LOOK OUT FOR SATURDAY
That's all I can say. Besides a column, and an interview with WBA welterweight champ James Page, I'll also put forth "Your E Mail" which is extremely HOTT this week!
The writer with few peers has his own site at www.fighters.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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