Fight Club

Tyson! Tonya! Boxing Is Big. Fighting It?

JOSE FERNANDEZ
Age 30
Resides
Bronx
Occupation Manager

Do you care about boxing? Yes, totally. I watch it all the time. Big fights, bantamweight fights, amateur matches. I go to the Golden Gloves. It's all about technique. A lot of guys don't have it. Once you see a fighter who does, you want to follow him.

Are you glad Mike Tyson's been given another chance to fight? Muhammad Ali was for real. He took a stand on issues like Vietnam, and did time for it. Mike Tyson's a spectacle. When he was younger, people took advantage of his size and of his anger. Now he's an animal. But he should be allowed to fight.

What two celebrities should box on TV? Jay Z and Naz. They're talking so much shit right now that they should fight at Madison Square Garden.


JEREMY ROSARIO
Age 24
Resides
Bronx
Occupation Deli worker

Do you care about boxing? No, not much. I watch it once in a while. Whether or not you say it's violent, boxing is a real sport with rules designed to keep people from killing each other. There are rules that you're not supposed to reveal to outsiders. It's the same thing with martial arts. Bruce Lee once got into trouble when he revealed some of the rules and skills of karate.

Are you glad Mike Tyson's been given another chance to fight? No. He's a professional fighter, but his personal behavior has made him an amateur.

What two celebrities should box on TV? I'd like to see Richard Simmons fight Jim Carrey.


TONI ICHIKAWA
Age 25
Resides
Manhattan
Occupation Art director

Do you care about boxing? No, but I am reading a biography of Mike Tyson right now. I just started the book, but already it looks like people took over his career, used him, and stole his money. I think that a lot of famous young African Americans are taken advantage of this way. Look at Jean-Michel Basquiat. If you're young and naive, you do what your managers tell you to do.

Are you glad Mike Tyson's been given another chance to fight? Yes, why not?

What two celebrities should box on TV? Calista Flockhart and Bill Clinton. I'd watch that.


MICHELLE STOREY
Age 31
Resides
Manhattan
Occupation Manager

Do you care about boxing? No. I think it's stupid and I don't like it. There's really no point to it. Muhammad Ali ended his boxing career with Parkinson's disease.

Are you glad Mike Tyson's been given another chance to fight? No. His career should be over. He has physically attacked other fighters and young women, and I think his claim that he's misunderstood is just an excuse to continue behaving the way he does.

What two celebrities should box on TV? Britney Spears—even though I secretly love her—and Nelly Furtado.


MIKE ROSS
Age 30
Resides
Manhattan
Occupation Bartender

Do you care about boxing? Not that much. I do watch the big fights, and once in a while, I follow it in the paper. It's just a sport, and better to fight in the ring than in the street.

Are you glad Mike Tyson's been given another chance to fight? Yes, I'm all for it. He's an athlete and it's what he does for money. His personal life shouldn't have an effect on whether he gets to have a career. This is still America, isn't it?

What two celebrities should box on TV? Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln. I'd like to see what happens when you put two men of peace in the ring.


WILLIAM BOOHER
Age 24
Resides
Manhattan
Occupation Publisher

Do you care about boxing? No. I don't follow it. I really don't understand biting other people's ears off for money. Paula Jones sued the president over her reputation, then she posed nude for Playboy. Now she's boxing Tonya Harding.

Are you glad Mike Tyson's been given another chance to fight? If another fighter wants to get in the ring with Tyson, he knows the risk. It's not as though boxing is an undercover operation.

What two celebrities should box on TV? Ari Fleischer and George Stephanopoulos. Let's see the two spin doctors fight it out.


ANN KOHLMAN
Age 24
Resides
Manhattan
Occupation Student

Do you care about boxing? I'm not a big sports fan. I play sports, but I don't watch them. I do think boxing's too violent.

Are you glad Mike Tyson's been given another chance to fight? I have no problem with him being re-licensed. Boxing is Mike Tyson's occupation. It's how he makes a living.

What two celebrities should box on TV? Courtney Love vs. Madonna. I don't know if it would be a catfight, but they're both very feisty.

 
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