Mike Tyson reportedly will make his latest boxing comeback against Buster Douglas on Oct. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Tyson promoter Dan Goossen denied a deal had been struck, but the Washington Times, CNN/SI and New York's Daily News reported the news Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tyson's adviser, Shelly Finkel, was flying from New York to Scottsdale, Ariz., to watch Tyson train and could not be reached.
Tyson lost his undisputed heavyweight championship to Douglas when he was knocked out in the 10th round Feb. 11, 1990, in Tokyo. Douglas was an 42-1 underdog but dominated the bout and put Tyson out with a series of punches.
Douglas, 38, lost the title to Evander Holyfield in his first defense, then was out of boxing for six years.
Douglas launched a comeback, but has looked like a shell of himself in recent fights. He was knocked out in the first round by Lou Savarese in June 1998 and won his last two bouts by knockout against nondescript opponents.
Tyson will be making his third return to boxing. He will fight for the first time since he knocked out Frans Botha in the fifth round Jan. 16. Shortly after that fight, Tyson served time in a Maryland jail for assaulting two men after a traffic accident.
SOCCER: Striker Nicolas Anelka, 20, completed his $36-million transfer to Spain's Real Madrid from English Premiership club Arsenal.
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_ Compiled from Times wires.