I’m finished: Tyson

The 40-year-old Tyson left little doubt about why he retired in 2005 as he fought a one-sided bout billed as the main event but resembling a sparring session.

“It was tougher than I thought it would be”, said Tyson. “It will get better”.

He said just before the fight he had no plans to restart his completive career.

“I’m worn out and washed up. I’m finished,” he said.

Tyson knocked the out-of-shape Sanders down in the opening round.

He had to hold Sanders around the waist several times to prevent him from falling over.

Both fighters were well off their competitive fighting weights and wore T- shirts in the ring. Sanders also wore head gear that must have prevented him from being knocked out as he let Tyson hit him at will.

Sanders’ limited offensive included a pawing job but no heavy shots.

Tyson hoped that the fight was the first of a series of four ‘ round exhibitions with his long time sparring partner.

“This tour is going all over the world, said Tyson. Europe, Asia, Middle East . . . everybody is bidding in anticipation.”

A former two-time champ, Tyson announced his retirement from boxing after he lost to unheralded Irishman Kevin McBride on June 11, 2005.

Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) squandered about $300m in earnings and declared himself bankrupt in 2003 but denied that debts had forced him back into the ring. ‘ News24.com

October 2006
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