LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) - Mike Tyson tore a ligament in his left knee in the first round of his shocking knockout loss to Danny Williams, his
manager said Saturday.
Shelly Finkel said an MRI showed a complex tear of the lateral meniscus, and that Tyson couldn't even walk on the leg Saturday. He said Tyson's
ex-wife Monica, who is a doctor, read the results.
"That's why he couldn't throw the right hand the rest of the fight," Finkel said. "I was screaming at him to throw it, but he couldn't."
Tyson was dominating the first round, rocking Williams with shots to the head, but late in the round motioned toward his knee and grimaced. Finkel
said Tyson refused to make an excuse and wanted to continue fighting.
Williams ended up knocking Tyson out with a series of punches in the fourth round that left Tyson sprawled on the canvas. Tyson appeared as if he
could get up and continue, but made little attempt to get up.
"In retrospect I wish he had said something and said he couldn't continue," Finkel said.
After the fight, Tyson's trainer, Freddie Roach credited Williams with fighting a good fight, but said Tyson was hampered by the injury.
"It's kind of hard to pivot and throw some shots without your left knee," Roach said. "But Danny Williams surprised a lot of us."
Finkel said Tyson was downcast after the fight, and that it would take some time to decide when - or whether - to resume his career. The fight with
Williams was to be the first in a series of comeback fights to help Tyson pay off $38 million in debt.
Tyson earned some $8 million Friday, but would keep only $2 million of that if a bankruptcy reorganization plan is approved. That plan, however, was
contingent on Tyson fighting seven times in the next three years, which now appears unlikely.
"We'll have to see how emotionally he's hurt from this as opposed to physically," Finkel said. "We need some time to tell."
Promoter Bob Arum, who had planned to offer Tyson a four-fight deal worth some $100 million if he looked good, said that deal was now off the
For Tyson to continue, Arum said, he would have to fight for a few hundred thousand dollars a fight to build his record back up before becoming a
"Certainly it's a different Mike Tyson than there was in our estimation last night," Arum said. "If he's going to continue in the ring it's got to be
done on a completely different basis. He's got to fight C and D fighters and build his confidence. You can't put him in with legitimate
Tyson's fight drew a crowd of 17,253 to Freedom Hall, most thinking they would see an early knockout of Williams, whose biggest claim to fame was that
he was the former British heavyweight champion.
But, after a shaky first round, Williams fought back and turned the tide late in the third round as Tyson appeared to tire. The fight was a
free-for-all, but Williams was stronger and fresher and landed a series of unanswered punches in the fourth round before Tyson went down and the fight
was stopped at 2:51 of the round.
"The main thing was to get past the first two rounds and give it to him," Williams said. "I knew he would tire and he did. I just kept punching and