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Mike Tyson, the self-titled ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’, is coming to Ellesmere Port.
‘Iron Mike’, one of the most controversial heavyweights in boxing history, is the star guest at a sportsman’s dinner organised by Vauxhall Motors Amateur Boxing Club.
The event takes place at the town’s Civic Hall on Sunday, March 14.
Tyson will be joined by Sky Sports pundit and former IBF cruiserweight king Glenn McCrory.
Coach Bernie Hart, who is organising the event, said: “We are all really excited. He’s an absolute legend in boxing and is known worldwide.
“He’s going to get up and talk about his career and do a question-and-answer session. He’s doing five dates in the UK and our tickets are the cheapest on the tour.”
Tyson still remains the youngest man yet to lift the world heavyweight crown, but his career has often been surrounded by controversy.
He served three years in prison in the early 90s after being convicted of rape, and in 1997 was disqualified for biting off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear in their infamous title rematch.
Despite his troubles in the past, Vauxhall Motors ABC is keen to celebrate his success in the ring and see the event as another opportunity to boost its profile following Sugar Ray Leonard’s visit to the club in October, last year.
It is also confident there will be no problems with the event, despite a date being cancelled on his 2009 tour and Tyson turning up an hour late to another show.
Bernie Hart confirmed Tyson has since changed his management team to the same one that brought Sugar Ray to the town.
He said: “If we thought there was going to be problems we wouldn’t have agreed to it.
“We’re just looking at his boxing career, it’s all about kudos. I look for the genius in the ring. That’s what we want to be associated with.”
Prices are £95 for platinum tickets, £65 for gold and £45 for silver. For ticket information, call Bernie Hart on 07540 118863 or email vmabc@hotmail.com.