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On This Day: Mike Tyson was still a great enigma

Weighty Mike Tyson was sending out mixed signals back on October 13, 2001, wrote Bob Mee from ringside
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MIKE TYSON bludgeoned the resistance out of happy-go-lucky Brian Nielsen in six rounds, and, as he usually does, left us with more questions than answers in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 13, 2001.

Does the 35-year-old former world heavyweight champion really want to fight the winner of Hasim Rahman vs Lennox Lewis? Does he really want to fight at all? What on earth was he doing weighing 17st 1lb? How vulnerable was he becoming when Nielsen decided honour was satisfied and a strategic withdrawal was sensible?

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