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Tyson made promotional debut in Central New York last Friday

  CANASTOTA, NY - AUGUST 27, 2013 - On Friday, August 23rd, 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee “Iron” Mike Tyson made his promotional debut at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Iron Mike Productions, in association with Greg Cohen Productions, presented “Tyson Is Back,” which featured a full card of boxing action televised live on the season finale of ESPN Friday Night Fights

On the afternoon of his first promotional event, Tyson visited the Hall of Fame for a walk down boxing’s memory lane. As he stopped by each exhibit, Tyson, who is a historian of the sport, offered insights into the lives and ring achievements of many legendary Hall of Famers including Lou Ambers, Jimmy McLarnin, Ike Williams, Joe Gans, Harry Greb, Jack Dempsey, Benny Leonard and Jem Belcher. Sporting a “Pardon Jack Johnson” t-shirt, the youngest heavyweight champion in history also toured the Hall’s research library and enjoyed perusing the ever-expanding collection of newspapers, magazines and books chronicling boxing history from the bare-knuckle era to the modern day. “Iron” Mike, who fought in Madison Square Garden three times as a professional, also stepped back into the world famous 82-year old MSG ring, which is now on permanent display in the Hall of Fame.

Later that evening, with the broadcast team of Teddy Atlas, Joe Tessitore and Todd Grisham on hand to cover the action live, fans were treated to a great night of professional boxing in the Event Center at Turning Stone. In the main event Argenis “La Tormenta” Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) retained his IBF junior lightweight title with an exciting 12-round majority draw against tough challenger Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs). In the co-feature Jesus Andres Cueller (23-1, 18 KOs) won a thrilling back and forth battle against Claudio “The Matrix” Marrero (14-1, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim featherweight championship.

In addition to Tyson’s appearance, while in Central New York for the fights many members of the boxing community enjoyed the Hall’s exhibits of boxing’s rich history including “Irish” Micky Ward (trainer for Iron Mike Productions), Atlas (who filmed his ESPN Friday Night Fights “Fight Plan” in the HOF), Iron Mike Productions’ VP Boxing Operations Henry Rivalta, undefeated prospect Albert Bell (1-0, 1 KO) and his father / trainer Andy Bell, well known boxing judge Harold Lederman, new WBA interim featherweight champion Cueller, Cuellar’s strength and conditioning coach Cicilio Flores, The Ring / Fight Network contributor Corey Erdman, ring announcer Bob Alexander and noted amateurs Erickson Lubin and Dennis Galarza.

Below are a few snapshots. Click on images for a larger view:
"Iron" Mike Tyson Back In "Boxing's Hometown"
Tyson points to Cus D'Amato's plaque on the Hall of Fame WallPosing by his exhibit that includes his fist impression and program and ticket from his first world title bout against Trevor BerbickAcknowledging fellow Hall of Famer Arturo "Thunder" Gatti's fight worn robeTyson graciously answers questions from the mediaBack in the MSG ring where he fought three timesA 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee, Tyson proudly points to his plaque on the Hall of Fame WallStanding in front of robes worn by Hall of Fame legends Leonard, Hagler and GavilanTyson by The Ring championship belt and amateur medals won by light heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Jose TorresTyson recalls the career of lightweight champion and Hall of Famer Ike Williams"Iron" Mike happily signs an autograph for a young fan(left to right) Harold Lederman, Albert Bell, Erickson Lubin, Micky Ward and Dennis Galarza enjoy Hall of Fame on fight dayNew interim champion Jesus Andres Cueller poses by the bell used at the famous Luna Park Stadium in his native Argentina Teddy Atlas prepares to film his Fight Plan in the Hall of Fame"Irish" Micky Ward and judge Harold Lederman meet up in CanastotaThe Ring / Fight Network contributor Corey Erdman with the original (1985) CompuBox punch counting computer