Mike Tyson isn’t talking.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Mike Tyson isn’t talking.
Almost everybody else is talking or writing about his relationship with Don King, his name, his marital status, and when, where and whom he will fight.
King, who promoted Tyson’s fights and was involved in his life, wasn’t talking either, despite reports that Tyson is disassociating himself with the flamboyant promoter.
Several calls Monday to King’s office in Florida and to his home in Ohio were not returned.
Showtime, the cable network and reportedly a source of Tyson’s anger with King, would not comment.
King’s rival promoters, however, talked.
``I think King is out,″ Bob Arum said from his office at Las Vegas. ``I don’t care that much, except it facilitates a Tyson-Foreman fight.″
Arum would be involved if 46-year-old George Foreman, the IBF heavyweight champion, fought Tyson, the former undisputed champion who will be 29 on June 30.
``Today, I don’t think Don King is out, but we’ll know in a couple of months,″ Dan Duva said from his office at Totowa, N.J.
Butch Lewis was quoted in the New York Daily News on Monday as saying he was told there was a rift between Tyson and King and that King and others were asked to leave Tyson’s Southington, Ohio, home after the fighter returned there Saturday following his release from an Indiana prison. The paper also reported today that some of the locks on the home were changed.
``All the rumors that are being circulated are second- and third-hand,″ Lewis said Monday from his New York office. ``I’m not surprised, nor should anyone else be, that after being incarcerated for three years, the kid wants privacy.
``People are reading too much into it. I don’t take it as a sign that Don is on his way out.″
Arum said Tyson, who prayed at a mosque in Plainfield, Ind., after being released from prison, was upset because King had organized a welcome-home party that included shellfish and champagne, both forbidden by Islamic law.
It also was reported that Tyson was angered to find a Showtime crew taping at his home as part of a $20 million deal King made for a documentary to be shown in April and for Tyson’s first comeback fight.
Muhammed Siddeeq, Tyson’s instructor in Islam, said Monday that the fighter has no plans to change it name. It was reported that he was considering changing it to Malik Abdul Aziz.
``Change of name not crucial, unless the name has meaning,″ said Dr. Sayyid Mohammed Syeed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America, the mosque where Tyson prayed Saturday.
``We think Mike Tyson is a nice name.″
As for Tyson’s rumored Muslim marriage to girlfriend Monica Turner, Phil Slavens, assistant superintendent at the Indiana Youth Center, said Monday: ``It did not happen, at least there was no official ceremony that I was aware of. And I would know about it.″
Tyson would need a license to be married.