Contrary to what people would expect, Mike Tyson was very calm when he entered the ring despite Sapp charging at him. Something that Iron Mike was not known for.
Once things calmed down both fighters took to the microphone with a little trash talk. It seemed the fight was well on it’s way to happening. K-1 signed Mike Tyson to a contract, which many people thought would be the biggest hurdle. I actually remember seeing promo videos for this on cable hyping up a potential showdown between Tyson and Sapp. It hyped up Sapp as this unstoppable wrecking machine and that it would be Tyson’s toughest test.
Unfortunately for fans Mike Tyson’s felony history made it impossible for him to get a visa to enter Japan. This is where it believed the fight would be most profitable. Ideas for other venues were considered, but eventually the fight ended up not happening.
I would love to have seen Mike Tyson in the K-1 ring, but it would have been a side show fight with a guy like Sapp. Since then Mike Tyson had two more boxing bouts, which he lost and retired. Things have really turned around for the former champ, he is a huge pop culture icon and his fame is probably at the peak it was when he was destroying his opponents in the ring.
Sapp on the other hand has become more of a novelty than serious fighter. He has a losing record in both Kickboxing and MMA, and it seems he fights for the pay days. He has also appeared in movies.
Check out the video of the confrontation in the K-1 ring below. Do you think if Mike Tyson had fought in K-1 it would have put the promotion over the top to make it a house hold name with people outside of Kickboxing?
The first video is the incident in which they met in the ring, the second video shows a timeline by Japanese media as to how this fight got set up, it also shows them in the ring with several different angles and has interviews regarding the potential fight.