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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 22, 2000


Mayweather stops Burton in 9

DETROIT -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn't enjoy fighting in the lightweight division as much as he expected. By the time he stopped Emanuel Burton in the ninth round Saturday at Cobo Hall, he was bleeding from the nose and mouth, and unable to throw his injured right hand.

"He's a very strong individual, and I really had to dig down," Mayweather said. "I knew he was going to be tough, but I never thought he could take that much punishment."

Mayweather (24-0, 18 KOs) started slowly, but picked up the pace with a right hand that staggered Burton (22-17-4) in the second round. He handed out a one-sided beating for the next few rounds, and had Burton bleeding from the nose, ear and mouth.

"It took me a couple rounds to get going, because I haven't fought in seven months and I was a little rusty," Mayweather said. "And then I hurt my (right) hand in the fourth round, and had to throw more lefts."

With Mayweather handicapped by his injured knuckle, Burton started to land more punches, and had Mayweather bleeding badly from the nose.

"It was a tough fight for me style-wise, because it's almost impossible for me to beat someone who I can't catch," Burton said. "His game plan was to run, and mine was to fight. I just didn't have enough to catch him tonight."

The ringside doctor checked the bleeding from Burton's ear in the eighth round, but let the fight continue. Burton's corner threw in the towel at 1:06 of the ninth round. There were no knockdowns.

"I was really mad at my corner when they stopped it, because I wasn't hurt at all," Burton said. "Once I cooled down a bit, though, I realized they were just looking out for my best interest."

In the co-feature on the HBO-televised show, heavyweight Charles Shufford (16-1) picked up a unanimous decision over Lamon Brewster (24-2).

Tyson opponent hospitalized

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Before the fight, Mike Tyson said this would be his last one.

After Andrew Golota quit Friday night, Tyson said nothing, angrily leaving the ring and quickly leaving the arena.

Golota left the ring to a chorus of boos and a shower of soda and beer. He was roundly criticized, but upon returning to Chicago he was admitted to a hospital.

"He is in intensive care under observation for a concussion," said Donald Tremblay of Main Events, Golota's promoter.

Golota was knocked down with 12 seconds left in the first round, and trainer Al Certo said he wanted to quit in his corner between rounds.

Certo told Golota he could win, and his fighter went out for the second round in which he held his own. Before the start of the third round, Golota told referee Frank Garza, "I quit."

Golota showed no signs of distress after he left the ring. But Tremblay said Kathy Duva, chief executive officer of Main Events, was told Golota, after returning to Chicago, complained of head pain and nausea.

As for Tyson not fighting again, heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has his doubts.

"I think they'll talk him into it," Lewis said about nine hours after the fight. "If Mike Tyson fights again, I hope he waits for me. I have something to feed him."

After Tyson beat Lou Savarese in his previous fight, he said he wanted to rip out Lewis' heart and feed it to him. He also wanted to eat Lewis' children.

A couple of days before the Golota fight, Tyson said he knew Lewis doesn't have children.

Immediately after the match, Tyson's adviser, Shelly Finkel said, "This leaves him unfulfilled. He will probably take a couple weeks off and reassess."

On Saturday, Lewis stepped up the pressure on Tyson to make a deal, saying he wanted to defeat Tyson "to get rid of the sport's No. 1 misfit."

"People want this fight," Lewis said, "because they want me to beat him for the good of the sport."

Golota's career may be over. He has quit in two major fights. He declined to continue a bout he was winning against Michael Grant after he was knocked down in the 10th round.

"I thought the whole thing was a circus," Lewis said. "I thought the animals came to the circus. Tyson was a shadow of his past self. It looked like Golota could handle him, but he didn't have the heart."

Because of tax and other out-of-ring problems, Tyson is not financially set. Multimillion-dollar purses remain to be had, especially in a challenge to Lewis, who will defend the WBC-IBF titles Nov. 11 against David Tua, or a third fight against Evander Holyfield, recognized by the WBA as champion.

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