CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1999
At a shopping mall in Westminster, Vietnamese Americans protested in the street and burned Ho Chi Minh in effigy. It seems that a local shop owner had put up a Communist Vietnamese flag and a poster of Ho Chi Minh. The local community found this highly offensive. Nothing like a little symbolism to get the people all riled up. On the other hand, in Las Vegas, heavyweight boxers Francois Botha and Mike Tyson were getting ready for their much publicized bout. At the weigh-in, Tyson was seen sporting quite a collection of tattoos.
January 18, 1999 |
If promoter Bob Arum has his way, Mike Tyson's next opponent would be George Foreman in a fight that would match former two-time heavyweight champions. Before Saturday, that fight might have seemed like a bad joke, a match between the hardest puncher in boxing and a 50-year-old man. But that was before Tyson's poor showing against Francois Botha at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Now, the joke might be on Tyson.
January 17, 1999 |
Once again the boxing world encourages Mike Tyson when he has done nothing to repay it. The NBA has the sense not to charge for its exhibition games in this lockout-ruined season, but the boxing folks have the nerve to ask $46 to watch a glorified trial on pay-per-view television. Some fans even bought it, and about 12,000 people paid ticket prices starting at $200 to see Tyson fight Francois Botha at the MGM Grand Arena Saturday night. No refunds are coming even though Tyson vs.
January 17, 1999
The round-by-round description by Ed Schuyler Jr. of the Associated Press of Mike Tyson's heavyweight fight with Francois Botha on Saturday night at the MGM Grand: * ROUND 1: Tyson didn't come storming out, as some expected. They met in the center of the ring and exchanged jabs. No serious punches landed in the first 30 seconds, although Tyson missed a big right and left and then a big left hook. They clinched and referee Richard Steele broke them. Almost immediately, they clinched again.
January 16, 1999 |
When Francois Botha goes to his corner tonight after the first round of his heavyweight fight against Mike Tyson, assuming he is able to get back to his corner, he knows the man who has been his trainer and chief strategist for the last four years won't be there. Charlie "Panama" Lewis will be in a front-row seat, hoping to get through to his fighter by sign language, a note or mental telepathy. That is as close to the ring as Lewis will get.
January 15, 1999 |
In Chicago on Wednesday, one Michael retired. In Las Vegas on Saturday, another Michael returns. Michael Jordan departed the Chicago Bulls on top of his game and on top of the world, loved and admired, a role model to the end. Mike Tyson comes back to fight Francois Botha on Saturday night after a 19-month absence from the ring in search of all that Jordan had, his own once-unquestioned spot atop the boxing world now highly suspect, his role never considered a model by society.