Tyson-Ruddock II postponement surprises Holyfield camp

May 16, 1991|By Newsday

The Mike Tyson-Razor Ruddock rematch, scheduled for June 28 in Las Vegas, has been postponed. But as is often the case in matters involving Tyson and his promoter, Don King, the exact reason is a mystery.

According to a statement released by King's office last night, Ruddock "agreed to step aside to permit Mike Tyson to fight Evander Holyfield for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world."

But the announcement came as a shock to Dan Duva, Holyfield's promoter, who certainly would be aware if a Tyson-Holyfield fight was close to being made. "I have no idea what's going on," said Duva, who said he and King have not spoken in more than two months. However, a source in the Ruddock camp said King was seen conferring with Holyfield's manager, Shelly Finkel, for an extended period at a cable television convention in Tampa that both attended this week. King could not be reached for comment.

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