From the archive, 25 March 1995: A prayer from Mike Tyson before the madness

Pat Putnam in New York on the reformed convert to Islam who is released from prison today

In this holy season it is reassuring to note that Mike Tyson, who once said his purpose in life was to drive nose cartilage deep into an opponent’s brain, has decided that his first stop after leaving the Indiana slammer this morning will be at a local neighbourhood mosque.

While boxing continues on hold, as it has for the past three years, and while Don King fumes, Tyson, a recent Muslim convert, will pray. Only after the former heavyweight champion rises from his knees will the madness begin.

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