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vs. North Carolina
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Midwest Regional
Friday and Sunday
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The Michigan Daily

Thursday, March 24, 1988

Page 9

Adam's Rib

Tubbs lives up to name
in loss to Tyson in Tokyo
Cellulose, sweat, and pain.
No, I am not referring to the daily aerobics class at the CCRB, but
instead I am talking about the Mike Tyson-Tony "TNT" Tubbs
heavyweight championship match held Sunday in Tokyo.
The Tyson second-round technical knockout of his "challenger" just
further proved that there will be no excitement in heavyweight boxing
until June 27 in Atlantic City when a real challenger in the form of
Michael Spinks steps forward to face Tyson.
The fight, the first held in the new Tokyo Dome or the "Big Egg,"
was over before it even started. All of the pre-fight hype focused not
on Tyson's first title defense outside of the United States, but instead
on the alleged obesity of the No. 2 contender.
TUBBS, WHO WON the WBA championship from Greg Page
in April 1985 at his "optimal" weight of 229 pounds, lost his title to
Tim Witherspoon in January 1986 at 244 pounds. Tubbs, the world's
new "big, fat tub of goo," walked into the "Big Egg" in front of
51,000 fans weighing a plump 238 and a quarter pounds.
To make matters worse, Tubbs had pulled his trunks up to his
chest, making it look like he was inflicting a self-wedgie. Fans had to
be held back from harpooning the blubberous body in the ring imper-
sonating a boxer.
After the spectacle of seeing "Terribly Near Titanic," Tubbs dis-
robe, the sight turned to the man that would make the most macho
viewer shiver. Tyson came down the aisle with no robe, no socks, and
no expression.
THE RESULT WAS the same as it has been for almost every
Tyson fight - an early knockout. Tyson (34-0, 30 knockouts) goes
about his business better than anyone else in the boxing world today.
"My mission is to go out there and destroy," said Tyson, who was
supposed to become more mellow and relaxed after his recent married
to television star Robin Givens. "I can't lose. I refuse to lose. When I
come into the ring, I have intense tunnel vision to get my hands on
my opponent."
Due to this tunnel vision, the only way experts believe Tyson can
be beaten is to run or stay away from him during the bout. The fighter
who can box is the best chance against Tyson.
But alas, Tubbs could not move due to the harpoons stuck in his
rotund anatomy and due to his trunks being pulled up so high. He
suffered the same fate as 29 boxers before him, being knocked out.
TUBBS' TUMBLE, which made people refute the saying that
weebles wobble, but they don't fall down, came at 2:54 of the second
round and gave the Japanese public a total of seven minutes and 56
seconds of heavyweight championship boxing ever.
For little under six minutes of work, Tyson accumulated nearly $10
million while Tubbs dropped to 25-2 and ended up with $550,000.
This fight aside, there is only one fighter left for Tyson to muti-
late. Michael Spinks, also undefeated, remains as the lone person able
to "fight" Tyson and actually cause some excitement in the heavy-
weight world in the near future.
Tyson is expected to make $17 to $20 million against Spinks,
whom many believe has the boxing skills and punching power to de-
throne the intense champion.
But until June 27 and Tyson's next title defense, the world will re-
member only the humongous, gargantuan, plump figure of Tony
"TNT" Tubbs, which isn't that bad according to Tyson.
"It's his prerogative to come into the ring the way he wants, but
just remember that no matter what a man weighs, he won't beat me
because I can't lose."

Doily Photo by JESSICA GREENE Dally Photo by JESSIC
Coming off their first-second finishes of both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke races at the Big Ten meet, Mike Barrowman (right) and
Jan-Erick Olsen (left) will both be seeded in the top four for both events at the upcoming NCAA meet. Olsen is a senior from Norway, and
Barrowman is a first-year swimmer from Rockville, Md.

When it comes to breaststrokers,
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek has
two of the nation's finest in Mike
Barrowman and Jan-Erick Olsen.
Both will enter the NCAA champi-
onships with realistic national title
ambitions in their events.
Going into the NCAAs (April 7-
9 in Indianapolis), Barrowman and
Olsen will be seeded second and third
respectively in the 100-yard breast-
stroke and second and fourth respec-
tively in the 200 breaststroke. Olsen
will also swim the breaststroke leg
of the Wolverines' No. 1-ranked
400-yard medley relay team.
The two served notice to any
doubters they may have previously
had when they posted one-two fin-
ishes (Barrowman first, Olsen sec-
ond) in both the 100 and 200 breast-
stroke at the Big Ten meet earlier
this month.
Neither Barrowman nor Olsen has
taken college swimming by surprise,
though. Barrowman is in his first
year at the collegiate level, arriving
at Michigan with blue chip billing
after winning at nationals last
spring. Olsen, a senior, is a two-
time All-American who dominated
the Big Ten prior to Barrowman's
OLSEN, a native Norwegianer,
began as a competitive swimmer
when he was 12 years old. "I started

'sets sights

on NCAAs

swimming competitively and I was
winning all my meets, so it kind of
went from there. In high school, I
set a goal of making the Olympic
team (for the '84 summer Games),
which I did, and that was a great
"I was interested in swimming in
the United States in college because
Norway doesn't have competitive
swimming after high school. I came
to Michigan because it was a team
on the rise, and it worked out. We
went from finishing third in the Big
Ten my freshman year to winning it
the last three years.
"Also, I had heard great things
about coach Urbanchek. My rela-
tionship with him has been very
good. Partly, I think that we get
along well because he went through
the same thing (adjusting to Michi-
gan from a foreign country)." Ur-
banchek, a native of Hungary, swam
at Michigan from '58-'62.
For Barrowman, swimming has
been part of his life for as long as he
can remember. He has been climbing
up the latter of competitive swim-
ming since he was about eight years
old. By the time he was 16, he rose
to 11th place at nationals.
BUT IT wasn't until he met

Jozsef Nagy, formerly the Hungarian
national coach, that his swimming
career really took off. Barrowman
met Nagy at nationals when he was
16. Soon afterwards, Nagy's wife's
job as a foreign ambassador to Hun-
gary brought him to Washington,
D.C. He lived less that 10 minutes
away from Barrowman's home in
Rockville, Md.
"From the time I first met him, I
knew he was top flight," said Bar-
rowman. "He couldn't speak En-
glish, but you could tell that he
knew what he was doing... He took
me from eleventh at nationals to
winning nationals as a senior.
"I spent all my time with him -
for two years he was my best friend.
Basically, I taught him English and
he taught me swimming."
Because of the amount of time
they spend together in training and
because of their status as two of the
preeminent swimmers in the coun-
try, the nature of the relationship
between Barrowman and Olsen is
"HE PUSHES me to work
harder and I push him to work
harder," said Olsen. "We bring out
the best in each other. As far as

competition goes, I don't think of it
as competing with him. It really;
wouldn't have mattered if I'd finished-
second and he finished first at Big
Ten's, orthe other way around." K
Barrowman offered a similar
analysis of their relationship.:
"Normally I go into a race thinking
that I won't be beaten, and if J do get
beaten I'm going to be upset. But
with Jan it's different. We spend so
much time together that he's almost*
a part of me. If he wins, it's like I
win, too. That's a feeling I've never
had before. It's nice."

Still, both are aiming to be No.



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Only Barrowman's humility bars
him from saying that he won't be
satisfied with anything less than first
place at NCAAs - or any race.
Meanwhile, Olsen admits that he
would like to close his career at the
top. "NCAAs are a little more mdi-
vidual (than Big Tens), partly be-
cause it's my last race. Beating Mike
isn't something I think about, but it
would be nice to beat him because if
I do I'll be near the top. (Mike) will
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