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Legend Tyson has a Leeds date

Mike Tyson is coming to Leeds.

The former undisputed heavyweight champion will be the star guest at a charity boxing show at Elland Road on Saturday, March 13.

Organiser Gary Atkin – who trained Leeds fighter Henry Wharton to three attempts at the world super-middleweight title – hopes the event will raise thousands for the city's St Gemma's Hospice.

"He has never been to Leeds before," Atkin said of Tyson.

"I do one of these shows a year. We had Sugar Ray Leonard last year and when I heard Tyson was available, I jumped at the chance.

"It is a coup to get him here and there's been a lot of interest already."

Now retired, Tyson – the youngest man to win a respected version of the heavyweight crown – still has a fearsome reputation, but Atkin believes he has changed since his hell-raising days.

"I've not met him, but I have spoken to him on the phone," he said. "He comes across as a smashing fella."

Atkin is facing a huge bill to stage the event, but is confident that a 600 sell-out will generate a five-figure sum for St Gemma's.

He admitted. "It's costing around 50,000 to put it on.

"He (Tyson) is costing 30,000, then there's the food and things like that. I need a minimum of 500 to break even, but we're aiming to do 600 so that and the auctions should raise a lot of money for charity."

Gold tickets, including ringside seats, wine and a guaranteed picture with Tyson, cost 150. Silver tickets are 100 and sponsorship packages are available.

The event also includes six amateur boxing bouts, music from live band Chicago Joe and entertainment by comedian Charlie Hale.

To book, ring Atkin on 07836 655239 or e-mail gary.atkin1@ntlworld.com.

 
 
 

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