Tyson asking for one-sided press conference

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND Mike Tyson, his boxing future the subject of great speculation, will read a statement, but not answer questions, at a news conference tomorrow.

Cynthia Case, a spokeswoman for Gund Arena, said the former heavyweight champion contacted the arena yesterday.

''He told us he is going to read a statement and walk off,'' she said. ''There will absolutely be no Q and A.''

Tyson was released Saturday from an Indiana prison where he served three years of a six-year sentence on a rape conviction and returned to his home in nearby Southington.

Earlier, when asked about a news conference, promoter Don King said: ''I don't know. I won't be involved. If there is a Mike Tyson news conference I have not been informed yet.''

King made his remarks during a phone call to a news conference promoting a fight in Las Vegas involving a WBC heavyweight title defense by Oliver McCall against Larry Holmes.

Asked about a reported split between with Tyson, King said from his home in Florida: ''There's no comment to make on that. We'll deal with that in time.''

A spokesman for King had told The Associated Press a news conference was being planned.

''The promoter (for Tyson) still is Don King,'' Mike Marley, said by telephone from Los Angeles. ''We are planning a major press conference, and when the details are put together we will let everybody know.''

Tyson remained in seclusion yesterday at his 66-acre northeast Ohio estate in Trumbull County.

Maria Hunt, a sheriff's reserve deputy who is in charge of keeping Tyson and his country spread secure, told the Tribune Chronicle of Warren that Tyson had not indicated any intention of coming out soon.

Some newspapers reported this week that King was asked to leave Tyson's residence at Southington Saturday.

Marley said King ''was there and did what he had to do. I don't want to make any other comment about that.''

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