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Old 10-23-2012, 11:25 AM   #1
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Default why didn't francesco damiani fight mike tyson ?

seems he was offered the fight....would have been a big payday for him and shot at the proper title (WBO title having had no real credibility then)

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June 29, 1989 | From Times wire services
Unbeaten Italian heavyweight Francesco Damiani has been offered a $1.5-million purse to challenge world champion Mike Tyson, the fighter's manager, Umberto Branchini, said today. Branchini said the bid for a title fight with Tyson in the United States next fall came from Don King, the U.S. promoter who has been organizing Tyson's most recent title bouts. "We are going to negotiate the match, and possibly better terms for Francesco," Branchini said.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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Would've been good at that point. I imagine he turned it down because he would've got destroyed.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:37 AM   #3
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Default Re: why didn't francesco damiani fight mike tyson ?

i dunno.

yes, tyson destroyed everyone around 88..or would have.....but, i don't think damiani would have been the type to not want the biggest challenge...i'm judging that on the way he took the fight to a prime, unbeaten ray mercer who came at him like a truck......could he have avoided fighting against mercer ??
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:43 AM   #4
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Yeah, but he also got smacked in the nose against Mercer. I rate him but not that much.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:46 AM   #5
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Default Re: why didn't francesco damiani fight mike tyson ?

I think your answer is right here.


"We are going to negotiate the match, and possibly better terms for Francesco," Branchini said

My guess is they wanted more money, and didn't get it.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:14 PM   #6
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Default Re: why didn't francesco damiani fight mike tyson ?

Tyson/Damiani was never on the table as far as I can remember. Damiani was scheduled to replace Tyson in a 1991 match up with Evander, but I believe, broke his nose, leading to Holyfield/Cooper.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:43 PM   #7
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Tyson/Damiani was never on the table as far as I can remember. Damiani was scheduled to replace Tyson in a 1991 match up with Evander, but I believe, broke his nose, leading to Holyfield/Cooper.

I don't recall any discussion of a Tyson-Damiani match either. But Dougie did post a news clipping, which stated that an offer was made. Weather or not its from a valid source, I don't know. It was dated June 1989. The only future fights that I recall being thrown around at the time of the Carl Williams match, was a scheduled bout with Razor Ruddock for November of 89' ( which never came off ) and of course his eventual meeting with James Douglas shortly thereafter.
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Default Re: why didn't francesco damiani fight mike tyson ?

Wasn't there something about Tyson hurting a rib or some such?
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:22 PM   #9
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Wasn't there something about Tyson hurting a rib or some such?
Dunno.

Hope that was helpful.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:28 PM   #10
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I don't recall any discussion of a Tyson-Damiani match either. But Dougie did post a news clipping, which stated that an offer was made. Weather or not its from a valid source, I don't know. It was dated June 1989. The only future fights that I recall being thrown around at the time of the Carl Williams match, was a scheduled bout with Razor Ruddock for November of 89' ( which never came off ) and of course his eventual meeting with James Douglas shortly thereafter.
The only other match I remember being 'pencilled in' at that time was Tyson/RibaltaII for the Tokyo date. But as you wrote, Douglas got that, when he looked much better beating McCall than Ribalta did beating Sims on the Tyson/Williams undercard.

(I must confess I did not see the Dougie quote on the thread opener)
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:39 PM   #11
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Francesco was smart, he knew Mr. Tyson would whup that ass.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:43 PM   #12
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Francesco was smart, he knew Mr. Tyson would whup that ass.
Mr Damiani was not that smart. Why get your ass whipped by Mercer for peanuts, when you could get destroyed by Tyson for Quadrillions... of Lira!
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Damiani was being touted as an opponent for Tyson as early as early 1988, before Tyson faced Spinks.
The Colosseum in Rome was even mentioned as a possible venue. Just imagine that.
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Damiani was being touted as an opponent for Tyson as early as early 1988, before Tyson faced Spinks.
The Colosseum in Rome was even mentioned as a possible venue. Just imagine that.
It would be a ruin...
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:01 PM   #15
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In fact, even on the eve on Tyson's fight with Pinklon Thomas (May 1987), Damiani was on the schedule.


New York Times, May 28, 1987
Phil Berger

As of now, Tyson is scheduled to fight again on Aug. 1 in Las Vegas against the winner of the International Boxing Federation's heavyweight title - either Tony Tucker or James (Buster) Douglas, who fight on the same card as Tyson Saturday.
Douglas has already agreed to fight Tyson, should he win the I.B.F. title. Tucker remains unsigned, and his promoter, Cedric Kushner, is reportedly asking $400,000 more than the unification series' surviving promoter, King, is offering.
After the Aug. 1 date, Tyson is scheduled to fight Tyrell Biggs, the W.B.A.'s mandatory challenger in October, probably in Las Vegas. The rest of Tyson's HBO commitment could end up being fulfilled abroad, with Tyson facing Francesco Damiani in January in Italy, an unspecified ranked opponent on March 21 in Tokyo and Frank Bruno in June in London.



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It seems Larry Holmes coming out of retirement to fight Tyson might have pushed Damiani out of the picture.
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