Following a lopsided, knock-out loss to Lennox Lewis on June 8, 2002, Mike Tyson obvious to make another attempt at a comeback. Tyson returned to boxing on February 22, 2003, to face fringe contender Clifford Etienne, who he was able to knock out 49 seconds into the fight. Tyson’s impressive recital led to Lewis offering Tyson a rematch with Lewis’ titles at stake, but Tyson passed on the offer, claiming that he would need at least two other tune up fights before he would consider facing Lewis again.
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Tyson was then given the option to compete on the undercard of Lewis’ title defense against Vitali Klitschko on June 21, 2003, after which Tyson would have two additional fights before taking on Lewis in their rematch. Tyson initially agreed and was set to meet future WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev, but Tyson pulled out of the bout after former promoter Don King allegedly used threats to prevent Tyson from signing the contract.
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Tyson ultimately could not fight for the rest of 2003 after running into several legal problems, including being arrested after fighting two Pennsylvania men in the lobby of a New York Marriott Hotel in June. facing a lawsuit from King bodyguard Isadore Bolton stopping from a scuffle in Florida in which Tyson allegedly broke a bone in Bolton’s face.
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He also filed for bankruptcy in August. In June of 2004, Tyson publicized his plans to face little-known British heavyweight Danny Williams on July 30 of that year. Despite taking a 17 month layoff after his previous fight against Etienne, Tyson still entered the fight as a 9 1 favorite.