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Tyson’s Career Likely Over

Sunday, June 12, 2005

(SNN Washington) After a knock down drag out fight yesterday night, it is now likely that Tyson will hang up his career. Tyson quit after taking a beating in a foul-filled round against unheralded Kevin McBride.

Tyson quit after taking a beating in a foul-filled round

More than 60 years have passed since John Tyson drove his battered truck to Chicago to deliver a load of 500 Arkansas chickens. Tyson heard that chickens were bringing a better price in northern markets, so he cashed in his savings and borrowed the rest of the money he needed to finance the trip.

From these humble beginnings, Tyson has built an empire. Tyson purchased hog-production facilities in North Carolina. By the end of 1979, Tyson was shipping 7,500 hogs a week, distinguishing it as the nation’s largest hog producer. In 2001, Tyson became the world's largest processor and marketer of not only chicken, but also red meat with the acquisition of beef and pork powerhouse, IBP, Inc.

When asked why he was no longer going to be in the chicken business, Tyson said, “I don't have the stomach for this anymore.”

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