Tyson fight with Etienne back on

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Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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First Mike Tyson changed his mind. Now Clifford Etienne has changed his, too. Etienne agreed today to fight Tyson as planned, marking another twist in the soap opera like saga that has enveloped the heavyweight fight for days. "He called me this morning and said he's fighting," Etienne's manager, Les Bonano said. "In this wacky world of boxing what can you say." Etienne had been unhappy that Tyson was dictating terms of the fight, and promised a day earlier to give up nearly USD one million and the chance of a lifetime to take on the once fearsome former heavyweight champion. "I think he's going to win and fight for the heavyweight title," Bonano said. Although Tyson was said to have flu like symptoms over the weekend, his recent run of odd behavior began a week ago, when he went out and got a large tattoo, a design with a tribal motif that almost encircles his left eye. He then missed three straight sparring sessions, leaving trainer Freddie Roach waiting at the gym without explanation. Tyson, who will reportedly earn more than USD 5 million for the fight, reversed course yesterday and boarded a chartered jet to Memphis. "Mike told me he wants to fight, and we're here to fight," Roach said after the plane landed. (AP)

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