Mike Tyson’s promotional company—Iron Mike Productions—is set to make its debut on the August 23 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
The fight card—titled “Tyson is Back”—is being held at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York and features Super Featherweight champion Argenis “La Tormenta” Mendez (21-2, 11 KOs) in his first world title defense against Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs) in the 12-round main event.
Also on the card, undefeated Claudio Marrero (14-0, 11 KOs) will square off against Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (22-1, 18 KOs), with the interim WBA Featherweight title on the line (per Bad Left Hook).
The entire fight card promises to be exciting, but make no mistake about it, the night is just as much about Tyson as it is the fighters.
In his prime, Tyson was considered the baddest man on the planet with a knack for crowd pleasing knockouts. But since his days in the ring ended, the bad-ass Brooklynite has gone through many ups-and-downs, mostly in the public eye.
Tyson’s personality has polarized the boxing community for years, but as of late, people seem to be genuinely rooting for him to do well.
Riding the success of his one-man show—Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth—and his Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction, now seems like the perfect time for Tyson to try his hand at boxing promotions.
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Alejandro "Alex" Burgos is a former Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Round By Round Boxing. He is a professional blogger, SEO Consultant and Marketing Director at Capital Practice Consulting in Washington, DC.