LAS VEGAS -- Don King was jubilant as his fighter stepped off the scale. "Mike Tyson," he announced. "Two hundred and sixteen pounds."
Tyson, wearing only black jockey shorts, looked fit and contoured as he weighed in today for his fight tomorrow night against Donovan "Razor" Ruddock at the Mirage.
Tyson appeared so fit that his promoter, King, couldn't help mocking the rumors that Tyson had beenslacking off in his training for this rematch against Ruddock.
"This is Mike Tyson, who's not been training," King bellowed, with a grin. "Runs to Laker basketball games. Has an insatiable appetite for women. He's out of shape. This is Mike Tyson."
Earlier, Ruddock raised brows when he weighed in at 238 pounds. That was 10 pounds heavier than he weighed on March 18, when Tyson stopped him in seven rounds. For that fight, Tyson weighed 217.
One man who looked askance at Ruddock's weight was John Russell, who was co-trainer of former heavyweight champion James "Buster" Douglas, a fighter who had his share of problems with making weight for his first title defense, last October against Evander Holyfield.
"That's too much weight," Russell said of Ruddock. "His legs got to carry all that. He's going to get whacked. I don't think he'll go four rounds. There's no doubt in my mind."