NEW YORK -- Does Mike Tyson have a sore left mitt to go along with his tender rib cage?
That was a rumor many boxing reporters spent the better part of yesterday chasing down. And even after Tyson's hand specialist, Dr. David Chiu of Manhattan, returned repeated calls late last night, the question remained unanswered, although an administrator at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, where Chiu is affiliated, said Tyson had been there Tuesday night but was not admitted. Other hospital sources said they believe Tyson was there for examination of an injured hand.
"The rumor is incorrect. I did not operate on Mike Tyson [Tuesday night]," said Chiu, who in 1988 treated Tyson for a broken right hand suffered in the "Battle of Dapper Dan's," his infamous 4 a.m. street brawl with nemesis Mitch "Blood" Green. Chiu also had made inserts for Tyson's training gloves to ease the pain of a chronic hand injury that has troubled Tyson since his amateur days.