For those of you who don't know, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis were scheduled to box in April in Las Vegas. In pre-fight meeting, Tyson got violent. As a result, Nevada declined his application for a boxing license. In the past few weeks, they have been looking for another place to stage the fight. I don't think Tyson should be allowed to box anymore. He's proven time and again both inside and outside of the ring that he's not capable of conducting himself properly. I'm really happy to see that many places are finally taking a stance, leaving the money on the table, and walking away from supporting Tyson in the ring. See the following stories:
- Colorado denies permit for Tyson fight
- Tyson denied license to box in Texas
- Texas Motor Speedway doesn't want Tyson-Lewis fight
I was especially happy to see the Texas Motor Speedway come out against supporting Tyson before he was denied his license in Texas, because the venue that eventually holds the Tyson-Lewis fight will get a lot of money. It's hard for a business to pass that up, and TMS could have had the fight if they wanted it.
I was so happy with them, that I wrote the following email:
Dear Texas Motor Speedway:
I just read an article about how you decided not to bid on hosting a possible upcoming Mike Tyson fight (http://sports.yahoo.com/m/box/news/ap/20020211/ap-tyson-lewis-texas.html). I enthusiastically say "Good for you!" I am an avid fan of boxing and appreciate a good match between world-class contenders. Perhaps he was such a contender at one time, but Mike Tyson has been a blemish -- nay, a festering sore -- on the sport of boxing for years. I am constantly disappointed that there continues to be such interest in venues vying to hold a fight in which he is a contestant. I cannot applaud strongly enough my support for you in your decision to treat the prospect of a Tyson fight with the disgust that you did. I recognize that whatever venue holds the Tyson fight, which will no doubt find a way of happening, will realize substantial financial reward. I am happy to know that there is at least one venue that still places a higher premium on values over profits. If more venues acted in the same way you have acted, Tyson would be forced to fade into obscurity and the sport -- the world -- would be a better place. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
As an avid NASCAR fan as well, I will most certainly remember your decision in this matter when I consider what tracks outside of my immediate North Carolina vicinity to visit when I plan trips to other races. I hope to be able to visit your fine speedway soon.
With deepest appreciation,