Indiana officials nix Tyson fight

April 15, 1992|By Alan Goldstein

Indiana prison authorities have all but ruled out the possibility of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson's resuming his boxing career while serving a six-year sentence for rape.

"We do not have a boxing program in any of our state prisons. It is not part of our recreation plan," Kevin Moore, executive assistant to the Indiana commissioner of corrections, said this week.

"Not only don't we have the facilities, but we also have ninclination to have a fight brought inside the system," Moore said.

Baltimore cruiserweight Lou Benson had broached thpossibility of challenging Tyson to a fight in prison. Benson cited former light-heavyweight contender James Scott, who fought nine times and beat top-ranked Eddie Mustafa Muhammad in 1978 while serving a life sentence in Rahway (N.J.) State Prison.

One-time junior middleweight contender Tony Ayala has not been allowed to fight in Rahway, where he is serving a 35-year sentence for assaulting a woman in 1983.

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