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Tyson's big month: Induction, promoting
Mike Tyson will be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame on Saturday, and promote his first show under Iron Mike Promotions on Aug. 23 in Verona, N.Y.
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is in the midst of a big month.
On Saturday, Tyson, a 2011 International Hall of Fame inductee, will receive similar honors from The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, whose organization director is longtime boxing commentator and historian, Rich Marotta.
On Aug. 23, Tyson will be in Verona, N.Y., promoting "Tyson Is Back," in association with Acquinity Sports CEO Garry Jonas and Greg Cohen Promotions, at Turning Stone Resort Casino.
"This is something I never anticipated. I'm very excited and looking forward to catering to the public," said Tyson, of the inaugural venture of Iron Mike Promotions. "It's really all about insuring a good night of boxing."
The event represents a homecoming for Tyson, who is originally from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.
"Upstate New York is very special to me and brings back nostalgic memories when I was a determined amateur on the rise," said Tyson.
The card will feature Brooklyn-based IBF junior lightweight titleholder Argenis Mendez (21-2, 11 knockouts) of the Dominican Republic against Canada's Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs), a native of Afghanistan, and featherweight contender Jesus Cuellar (22-1, 18 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina, against the Dominican Republic's Claudio Marrero (14-0, 11 KOs). The event will be televised on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.
Cuban featherweight Alexei "The Hurricane" Collado (16-0, 15 KOs) takes on Hugo "Guerrero" Partida (19-4-2, 15 KOs), and welterweight Ed "The Lion" Paredes (33-3-1, 22 KOs), who is 12-0-1 with nine knockouts in his past 13 fights, meets Noe "Platanito" Bolanos (24-8-1, 16 KOs).
"Mike's already the best boxing promoter in the business, because when Mike talks, boxing people listen. Mike can bring more attention and exposure to a fighter than anyone else out there," said Jonas, also CEO of Iron Mike Promotions.
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