Mike Tyson will fight again Nov. 4 in Las Vegas, his manager said Tuesday, the same night Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield are scheduled to meet in another big heavyweight fight just across the Las Vegas Strip.
Setting up what could be a heavyweight battle between competing fights, Tyson manager John Horne said the former champion would fight an opponent to be named at the MGM Grand hotel-casino.
The pay-per-view event would go directly against the Bowe-Holyfield rubber match, which will be announced today in New York. That fight will be held a block away in an outdoor arena at Caesars Palace.
Bowe’s manager, Rock Newman, said there was no comparison between the two fights.
“They’re attempting to serve the people dog biscuits,” Newman said. “We’re serving filet mignon on Nov. 4.”
Newman charged promoter Don King and Horne with trying to bluff their way into the date, with no opponent and no assurance Tyson will win his Aug. 19 fight against Peter McNeeley.
“This is another pimp, hustler move by the King-Horne camp,” Newman said. “On one hand they want you to spend $50 to watch on pay-per-view and $1,500 in person to see Tyson fight what is reported to be a competitive match. On the other hand, they’re telling you the outcome is already decided.”
Horne refused to identify Tyson’s opponent, but possibilities include former champion Michael Dokes and Lou Savarese.