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Thursday, 6 June, 2002, 20:46 GMT 21:46 UK
Heavy Tyson looks ready
Mike Tyson at the weigh-in in Memphis
Tyson has lost weight since his last fight

Mike Tyson weighed in at 16 stone 10 1/2 lbs for his fight with Lennox Lewis here in Memphis on Saturday, giving away over a stone to the Briton.

That represents the second heaviest weight of Tyson's career, although he is 4 1/2 lbs lighter than his last fight against Brian Nielsen in Denmark in October 2001.


I am very, very satisfied about the condition of Lennox
Emanuel Steward

And the former champion kept up the heat by saying of Lewis that he plans to "crack his skull", adding : "I'm going to pray and hope that Lennox Lewis does not die of a heart attack."

Tyson certainly looks at his muscular best, with superb definition in his upper body and a general thickness in his torso which cannot be mistaken for fat.

His demeanour - jumping onto the scales and furiously chewing on a piece of gum - was that of a man ready for action.

Nevertheless, he will be conceding over a stone to champion Lewis, who weighed in three hours earlier at 17 stone 11 1/4 lbs.

That represents a 3 1/4 lb increase for the world heavyweight champion from his last fight, a fourth round knockout of Hasim Rahman in Las Vegas last November.

"I am very, very satisfied about the condition of Lennox," said Lewis' trainer Emanuel Steward.

Lewis generally enjoys a weight advantage in most of his fights and has not been outweighed since he fought Michael Grant in April 2000.

The two men weighed in seperately because of a contractual stipulation which prevents them being together until the first bell sounds at the Pyramid Arena, scheduled for 0415BST on Sunday.

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