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Mike Tyson News: More info about Tysons training camp Central Boxing

Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 @ 11:50:14 UTC by tysonian
'Iron' Mike Tyson is set to return to the gym this week to begin light boxing training to prepare for a possible fight in July. Currently, Tyson's trainer, opponent and venue have yet to be determined. However, it has been decided that Tyson will once again return to the Central Boxing Club in Phoenix Arizona - formally the legendary Madison Boxing Gym. Previously, Tyson made his initial preparations at the gym for his fights against Francois Botha and Lennox Lewis.

Central Boxing Club co-owner, Harwood Hamilton told Fightnews: "Mike is a great guy! He's very laid back and composed, and it's always nice to have him back here at our gym."

As one of the oldest gyms in Phoenix, with a fabled and rich history of world class fighters, the former owners of Madison Boxing Gym experienced financial difficulties after 15 years in business and were forced to sell their stake in the gym. In February 2003, Hamilton and Hank Zanzucchi became the new proprietors and invested over $250,000 in an extensive renovation that lasted for seven months.

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Hamiltion, states: "I read the article that Fightnews wrote on Gleason's. I saw what Bruce Silverglade (Gleason's owner) was doing up there in New York in respect to his amateur program and white collar members. I thought 'Hey, this could work in Phoenix.' Since our gym is already a champion magnet, now we just have to build up our amateur and white collar programs. Eventually, we're looking to become the Gleason's of the West."

'Champion magnet' indeed. Such notables who have trained there include: Lennox Lewis, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Michael Carbajal (who got his start at the gym), Julio Cesar Chavez, Louie Espinoza (Phoenix's first native born champion) Antonio Margarito, Jorge Paez, Oscar de la Hoya and of course... Tyson and many others.

While the 37 year old Tyson has secured Central Boxing Club for his own private training this month, it's encouraging for Tyson fans to know that the former two-time heavyweight champ is back in the gym and looking to make a return to the ring.

In a previous interview with Fightnews, Tyson's former trainer, Kevin Rooney stated: "Mike still has punching power and when you have power, you're always dangerous. The heavyweight division is wide open for Mike. He just has to take his training seriously."

Check out their website: www.centralboxingclub.tk

Source: fightnews.com

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