What we learn of Tyson generally comes from his two managers, longtime chums Rory Holloway and John Home, who enjoy the dual duties of encouraging paranoia in Team Tyson—an increasingly goofy assemblage that now includes a character called the Crocodile who seems to do little other than shout about how great Tyson is—and annoying virtually everybody else. Siegfried and Rory, as the two co-managers are known for having made Tyson disappear, keep a tight lid on the camp and would have everyone believe that Tyson is a contented family man outside the ring and a virtual maniac inside it. After lead trainer Jay Bright acknowledged publicly that Tyson was "flat" and "lackluster" at a workout two weeks ago, Home put the gag on him. After sparring partner Jose Ribalta was quoted in the New York Daily News on March 12 as saying Tyson was very hittable, Holloway jumped to his fighter's defense. Holloway said that when Tyson began training for the Bruno fight in mid-January, he had a complement of 14 sparring partners and that Tyson had battered them so mercilessly that only three were still around. "They can't stand up," Holloway said. "We're getting low on them. Some don't even come by to pick up their checks." This is an ancient and little respected tactic in the art of promotion. If the carnage were truly this great, there would be some social agency to look after these poor victims.
Then again, Bruno could have used some protection, couldn't he?
Tyson's next fight could be this summer in Las Vegas against WBA champion Bruce Seldon, but legal complications might block it. Lennox Lewis went to court to force the winner of Tyson-Bruno to give him the next shot at the title; the judge in the case last week issued an order barring Tyson from signing a contract to fight anyone other than Lewis until the suit is resolved. Tyson was also supposed to face IBF champ Frans Botha in September in what could be the bout to unify all three titles, but Botha might be forced to fight former champion Michael Moorer in the meantime. These legal machinations could delay Tyson's march toward consolidating the titles, but—given how convincingly he dispatched Bruno—they don't seem likely to stop him from eventually winning back all three.
Whether that will bring a smile to his gloomy face is anybody's guess. But here's hoping, wherever he disappeared to in the Las Vegas night, he's leading a jubilant life, at least until his next fight.