posted on Apr, 21 2004 @ 11:35 PM
Associated Press - April 21, 2004
TOKYO (AP) - Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will make his K-1 fighting debut this summer, the sport's organizers said on their official Web
After many months of negotiation with Tyson and his representatives, we signed a contract on April 11,'' K-1 event producer Sadaharu Tanikawa is
quoted as saying.
K-1 combines elements of kickboxing, karate and taekwando.
Financial details of the contract were not disclosed, nor was Tyson's opponent for the bout, which organizers said will be on or around July 31.
Organizers had originally planed to hold the bout in Japan, where K-1 is hugely popular. But because of difficulties in getting Tyson a visa for
Japan, the bout will be held at an American venue.
Former NFL lineman Bob Sapp, who has made a name for himself in K-1, has been mentioned as a possible opponent for Tyson. The two had a heated
exchange at a K-1 bout in Las Vegas last year.
Copyright 2004 Associated Press.