Tyson fight officially called off

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Mike Tyson's fight with Clifford Etienne was called off on Monday, capping a week of erratic behaviour that once again raised questions about the boxing future

Tyson fight officially called off
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Las Vegas:

Mike Tyson's fight with Clifford Etienne was called off on Monday, capping a week of erratic behaviour that once again raised questions about the boxing future of the 36-year-old former heavyweight champion. After waiting for days for Tyson to give them some sort of signal on his willingness to fight, Tyson's handlers finally pulled the plug on the scheduled Saturday bout after the boxer missed a flight to Memphis for the second successive day. The official word was that Tyson was too sick to fight. But even before he became ill, Tyson had left his trainer waiting for him at the gym for three straight days and had gotten a large tattoo on the left side of his face. Tyson's manager, Shelly Finkel, still held out hope earlier on Monday that Tyson would get on a plane to Memphis, but after Tyson missed the plane for a second consecutive day, he and the Showtime cable network had little choice but to cancel the fight. There were no immediate plans to reschedule the bout. (AP)

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