Tyson three-fight package geared toward Klitschko

McBride bout first on list in big plans for ex-champ

Boxing

June 08, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON - Mike Tyson's non-title fight with Kevin McBride on Saturday at MCI Center is the first in a three-bout deal that targets World Boxing Council champion Vitali Klitschko, said Darryl A. Stuckey, one of the investors who facilitated the bout.

"We signed at least a three-fight deal trying to help Mike Tyson get back on the road to the heavyweight championship," said Stuckey, whose real estate company provided financial support to promoter Marty Wynn, as did former Riddick Bowe manager Rock Newman and PMG Management, whose president is the Orlando Magic's Steve Francis.

"I have already set the agreement up with the management of Klitschko, and they're working for me now to collect international revenue to have a future fight with Klitschko," Stuckey said.

"We've been in some talks with South Africa, and, possibly as early as the third fight, we'll be facing Klitschko."

Tyson's adviser, Shelly Finkel, said Stuckey "has some future options based on dollar amounts after this fight," but that Tyson "won't be ready for a fighter of [Klitschko's] caliber until sometime next year."

The WBC has mandated that Klitschko face the winner of an Aug. 13 bout between No. 1 contender Hasim Rahman of Baltimore and No. 2 Monte Barrett.

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