If and when former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and Donovan "Razor" Ruddock meet in the ring, don't expect the judges to be called upon to make a decision.
Based on Saturday night's performance by both fighters, a knockout would appear likely. Tyson dropped Alex Stewart for the third and final time at 2:27 of the first round and Ruddock needed only 10 seconds more to knock out overmatched journeyman Mike Rouse.Promoter Don King wants to match Tyson and Ruddock for the World Boxing Council heavyweight title, or at the very least a 12-round elimination. The winner of that elimination could fight in September against the winner of the April 19 title fight between current champ Evander Holyfield and 42-year-old George Foreman, King said.
Stewart, who lost by an eighth-round knockout in November to Holyfield, rates a fight between Tyson and Holyfield as a tossup.
"If Mike Tyson can nail Holyfield in the first round, he'll win," Stewart said. "If not, Holyfield will win. Tyson is better earlier. Holyfield is better later."
But first things first. Ruddock, 25-1-1 with 18 knockouts, showed Saturday night he may have the power to match the brawling, swarming Tyson.
Tyson, 39-1 with 35 knockouts, dominated Stewart, knocking him down eight seconds into the fight, but left himself open in his attacks. At one point during the barrage, Tyson missed with a right hand and fell flat on his stomach.
"I was rushing a little bit," Tyson said. "I was anxious."
Meanwhile, Ruddock dropped Rouse with a left hook, then knocked him out with a right uppercut that traveled about eight inches.
Ruddock has had problems with his right hand and could barely use it when he knocked out former champion Michael Dokes April 4.
Ruddock appeared on the card because his promoter, Murad Muhammad, has a deal with King for Ruddock to fight Tyson for the WBC championship should the WBC strip Holyfield of championship recognition for failing to make his first defense against Tyson.
Dan Duva, Holyfield's promoter, has gone to court and got the matter of stripping Holyfield put into arbitration.
WBC president Jose Sulaiman has said that he also wants an arbitrator to decide whether the WBC must sanction the Holyfield-Foreman fight.
Tyson's victory over Stewart was his last fight on a $26 million contract with HBO.