Sunday, March 18, 2007

Mike Tyson to visit South Africa

Johannesburg - Former world heavyweight champion and boxing's baddest man Mike Tyson will visit South Africa to attend the Golden Gloves Boxing Promotion (GGBP) tournament at Emperors Palace on May 12.

This was disclosed by GGP boss Rodney Berman who has shifted the boxing extravaganza from the original May 5 date to May 12.

Tyson who still holds the record as the youngest fighter at 20 years to win the world heavyweight title, has since retired from boxing.

Berman said Tyson would also be approached to act as guest television commentator for M-Net SuperSport which will be screening the show.

Dubbed "Clash of the Warriors" the tournament will be topped by an IBO bantamweight title clash between champion Mbwana Matumla of Tanzania against SA's Silence Mabuza.

Former world heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders will also begin his quest for another world crown when he takes on American Chris Koval.

Other bouts on the night will feature Kgotso Motau and Isaac Hlatshwayo against international foes.

Berman said the presence of Tyson in the tournament would greatly enhance its status.

The GGP boss promised to arrange a banquet evening in which Tyson would specifically field questions and discuss his turbulent ring career with patrons who attended the event.

"Much like the football guys did with Sir Alex Ferguson, we'll be sponsoring a gala evening to generate funds, most of which will go to charity," Berman said.

Berman also said Tyson would be asked to participate in an exhibition-bout during his stay in South Africa.

Tyson will be expected to arrive a week before the event.


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