DETROIT At the gym where Joe Louis once trained, Mike Tyson held his final workout Wednesday for his fight against Andrew Golota.
The scene was one that would have bedazzled Louis, who fought in the pre-television era. The Brewster-Wheeler Recreational Center was jammed with television cameramen, still photographers and reporters with notebooks, tape recorders and microphones.
"I am happy to be here (in Detroit)," said Tyson, who also held an open workout in the rec center on Monday. "I am happy to be anywhere where Joe Louis has been."
People involved with the promotion cringe at media descriptions of the Tyson-Golota bout Friday night in the Palace at Auburn Hills as one between two men intent on breaking the rules in order to commit mayhem. Rather, the promoters say, it will be a tough fight between seasoned pros.
When Tyson was asked about calling a questioner who irritated him at Tuesday's news conference "a white boy," Tyson said the man didn't mind because he made him a celebrity. An anonymous celebrity, it should be noted.
"His family loves it, his wife loves it, his children love it 'Daddy got called a white boy,"' Tyson said.
Just before he dismissed the media, the 34-year-old Tyson said, "This is perhaps my last fight. I'm tired. I don't need this. I'm going to go chill with my kids."
The pay-per-view show will begin at 8 p.m. CDT, with the Tyson-Golota fight expected to start between 10-10:30 p.m.