BOXING: Tyson trades cell for mansion

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The Independent Online

No one should expect Mike Tyson to announce any plans about his boxing future in Indianapolis today when he is released from the Indiana Youth Center minimum security prison after serving three years for the rape of Desiree Washington.

"All he is doing is getting in a car, getting on a plane and leaving," said Rev Charles Williams, a friend of Tyson who spoke to the boxer on Monday. "It's as simple as that."

Not quite. Supporters plan a return to freedom celebration outside the prison, with another former world heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali, and Tyson's former promoter, Don King, probably attending. About 150 journalists are expected to be waiting outside the prison for the doors to open and Tyson to walk into the early morning.

Tyson's co-managers and boyhood friends, John Horne and Rory Holloway, are expected to meet Tyson at the prison, whence he is expected to be driven five miles to Indianapolis International Airport for a private plane journey to Cleveland and a car trip to his mansion estate in the Ohio suburbs. King has a home and training complex nearby.

Tyson will trade his 8ft x 11ft cell for a 30,000 sq ft mansion complete with film theatre and an indoor pool in the shape of a boxing glove.

While Tyson will no longer be prisoner number 922335, he will be required to pay for mandatory psychotherapy and perform 100 hours of community service. A four-year probation will be supervised by Ohio officials, but will not prevent Tyson from boxing. Tyson must show he can support himself financially, which can presumably be done since a comeback may earn him $200m (£130m).

Ken Jones, page 44