Showtime has slotted Mike Tyson’s next fight for Saturday, Jan. 15, although the identity of his opponent is still to be determined.
The location of the fight also is not certain, although Showtime says it will take place in either the United Kingdom or Germany, and will reach the U.S. on tape delay.
Sources say Showtime had to lock in the date because it needs a two-month lead to mobilize its promotional artillery, including a big splash in the monthly guide.
The event is the second Tyson bout in a row to premiere on Showtime rather than pay-per-view. The previous match on Showtime three weeks ago ended in a no-contest ruling when Tyson’s challenger, Orlin Norris, injured his right knee after a Tyson late blow in the first round and couldn’t continue.
The executive producer of the forthcoming Tyson fight is Jay Larkin, who’s also senior VP of sports and event programming for Showtime Networks. David Dinkins Jr. is the producer, and Bob Dunphy the director. The announcers are Steve Albert, Ferdie Pacheco cq and Bobby Czyz.