When Mike Tyson was asked Friday whether he meant it when he said recently that it shouldn't count if he doesn't kill Donovan (Razor) Ruddock in their March 18 fight, his reply was succinct.

"Absolutely."Asked to elaborate, Tyson, the former heavyweight champion, narrowed his eyes and said: "It doesn't need elaboration. What I said is what I felt. It's just what I want to do. He won't end my career. If anything, this'll be his last fight."

How long will this demolition take?

"As soon as I hit him," Tyson said.