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POSTPONE THE FIGHT
Rick Reilly
September 23, 1991
Somebody, Please, One man's opinion
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September 23, 1991

Postpone The Fight

Somebody, Please, One man's opinion

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Obviously, that prospect is more agreeable to the fight's money interests than a scenario in which the fight is delayed and Tyson is then convicted—whereupon the $100 million-plus bonanza would go up in smoke. And so the show will go on. One face-saving way out is for Tyson to make a moral call and volunteer to postpone the bout—but he won't, and no one should be surprised at that. He is a man whose father was never around, whose mother died early, whose trusted trainer and guide, Cus D'Amato, died when Tyson was still in his teens and whose other surrogate father, Jimmy Jacobs, died not much later. He is surrounded today by sycophants and wannabes and handled by a man with electrified hair who defends him in the most tawdry fashion. Moral calls? A man does not think much of moral calls when he has nobody in the world to disappoint.

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