The title bout, scheduled for 3 May, was postponed when Tyson reopened a cut over his left eye sustained in his loss to Holyfield. It was the second time Tyson had postponed a fight with Holyfield, and the latest in a string of delays for the former champion. Bruised ribs forced Tyson to pull out of a date with Holyfield in 1991, and bronchitis prevented him from facing Bruce Seldon last July.
The former heavyweight champion, Riddick Bowe, and his sister were reconciled yesterday after a weekend dispute in which both reportedly suffered split lips. Bowe and his sister, Velma Melton, said in a statement that they "remain loving and supportive of each other".