If the WBC does get to strip Holyfield of the title, Tyson will fight Razor Ruddock for the vacated championship. Even Tyson's not counting on that. "I have to wait [for a title fight]," said Tyson after the bout. "I'm resigned to that now."
"And what if Foreman beats Holy-field?" says Ruddock, introducing a new can of worms. "Do you think Foreman is going to abide by any ruling? If he wins, that will be the last we'll see of him. He'll take off for Europe and fight those people over there. And don't think Foreman can't win. He'll smother Holyfield as Holyfield tries to get inside to hit him, making him expend his energy. And he'll club him, taking away his skinny legs. Then he'll knock him out, and it will be goodbye, George, off to Europe."
Ruddock, now 25-1-1 with 19 knockouts, was the No. 2 contender behind Holyfield until Tyson lost to Douglas. After falling to Douglas, Tyson became No. 2, with Ruddock dropping to No. 3. Both moved up after Holyfield won the title.
"My only chance for a title fight before the end of 1992 is if the WBC still strips Holyfield," says Ruddock, who knocked out Mike Rouse at 2:37 of the first round of a bout on the Tyson-Stewart undercard. "If Tyson gets screwed, I get screwed, only worse. I have to wait for everybody. Foreman was sitting around in church while I was fighting. Then he comes in from the blue and gets a title, fight. What's fair about that?"
Not much, but the only rule in the fight game is to make as much money as you can. King charges Holyfield's all-white management team with racism for ducking Tyson and accepting a bout with Foreman instead, which is ridiculous. Holyfield will meet Foreman to make $15 million, and then he will fight Tyson for $30 million—if he wins. Before Tokyo, King had the same scenario in mind, only his starred Tyson. There is only one color in professional boxing: green.
Except, perhaps, for Tyson. He isn't ignoring the money, but what he wants most is the championship. His gunslinger mentality restored, he wants to show the world who is best. "I never lost my confidence, even after Tokyo," said Tyson. "A lot of people would love to see that happen—to see this cocky, arrogant, successful black kid who's always talking about how he can kill anybody, beat anybody, all of a sudden say, yeah, well, I lost to a better man. Bull! I'm the best."