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Tyson Might Not Be Ready for Etienne

February 16, 2003|From Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Mike Tyson is ailing, and his comeback fight next Saturday against Clifford Etienne in Memphis, Tenn., is in jeopardy.

Tyson missed three workouts this week, prompting his manager, Shelly Finkel, to fly to Las Vegas to see if the fight could be salvaged.

"He's not feeling well, that's why I'm here," Finkel said Saturday. "He's had some bronchitis, some temperature stuff."

Finkel said he would meet with Tyson to determine whether the fight will go on.

"Right now, it's on," Finkel said. "But we'll have to see how he's feeling."

Trainer Freddie Roach said Friday that Tyson's back was bothering him again and that was the reason he had missed two workouts during the week.

Then Tyson skipped a third workout Friday in which Roach had planned to have him spar.

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