October 10, 1997 in Sports

Tyson Testifies At Trial

Compiled From Wire Services

Mike Tyson said former opponent Mitch Green came after him like “a madman,” ripping his shirt. That was how their street fight began on Aug. 23, 1988, the former heavyweight champion testified in New York.

Green is suing Tyson for $25 million for beating him up during the fight in front of Dapper Dan’s, a 24-hour-a-day leather goods store on Harlem’s 125th Street.

Tyson said Green had aggravated and irritated him when he came into a store and started yelling at him.

Green and his lawyers contend that Tyson hit him merely because he approached and asked for a rematch.

Ray Mercer has offered to fight World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis for free in a rematch of their May 1996 bout, Mercer’s agent Marc Roberts said.

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