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"THE FIGHT": THE BEST LINES ABOUT A REALLY BAD SHOW
Published August 21, 1995
ABC'S ARMEN KETEYIAN: "The question now is how many people will pay $50 to watch Mike Tyson fight again" ("World News Sunday," ABC, 8/20). ESPN'S DICK SCHAAP, on his disgust with the SET pay-per-view broadcast team: "I was offended by how blatantly they were all shilling for Don King. Then I remembered how much time we spent talking about Tyson and his return on 'The Sports Reporters' and 'SportsCenter' and I realized we all work for Don King, the only difference is the people who broadcast the fight last night got paid for it. Only in America" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 8/20). JOHN FEINSTEIN: "My surprise is that anyone was surprised. ... People buy this stuff, and if they buy this stuff, that is their problem -- not Don King's, and not Mike Tyson's" ("Sports Reporters," ESPN, 8/20). WALL STREET JOURNAL'S FREDERICK KLEIN: "At least nobody got hurt" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/21). N.Y. POST'S WALLACE MATTHEWS: "Everyone, it seems, got what they deserved" (N.Y. POST, 8/21). NEWSDAY'S GREG LOGAN: "Once again, the public came away from a major boxing event feeling cheated." NEWSDAY'S JOE GERGEN wrote that boxing "suffered another a) black eye, b) blow to its credibility, c) psychological knockout or d) all of the above" (NEWSDAY, 8/20-21). BOSTON HERALD'S JIM BAKER: "This time the public was raped -- financially" (BOSTON HERALD, 8/21). ORLANDO SENTINEL'S BRIAN SCHMITZ: "It is more evidence that boxing screams for governmental regulation. [McNeeley manager Vinny] Vecchione was merely protecting his fighter and investment, doing what state officials should have done" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/20). N.Y. TIMES' HARVEY ARATON: "Book a third-rate act, get a third-rate performance" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/21). USA TODAY'S BRYAN BURWELL: "This fight didn't tell us anything about Tyson as a boxer, because it was all too brief and McNeeley fell way too often. But it told us tons about Tyson as an attraction" (USA TODAY, 8/21). L.A. TIMES' TIM KAWAKAMI: "Only boxing can make an inevitable result seem bizarre" (L.A. TIMES, 8/21). L.A. TIMES' MIKE DOWNEY: "Mike Tyson has taken worse punishment from prison food" (L.A. TIMES, 8/20). WALL STREET JOURNAL'S MARK ROBICHAUX writes that the fight "breathed new life into the pay-per-view industry" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 8/21). BOXING ILLUSTRATED'S HERBERT GOLDMAN, on Tyson: "Regardless of how good he is in the ring with his fists, promoters and manufacturers of major products want a certain image, and Mike, right now, does not have that image. But he has enough of the right image to draw people to see him fight" ("Sports View," CNBC, 8/18).