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Mike Tyson News: Tyson on the town- Iron Mike is coming to to Donny

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2005 @ 13:53:23 UTC by tysonian
Source: doncastertoday
by Andy Bond

A traditional Sunday roast, a pint down the local and a spot of culture are on the menu when former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson drops into Doncaster next month.

Andy Booker meets his mate Mike Tyson.
Andy Booker meets his mate Mike Tyson.

Former Undisputed Champion Iron Mike will spend two days in the area as a guest of Askern-based superfan Andy Booker, whose friendship with the boxer began back in 1984 at Tyson's very first fight.
He is flying in for a speaking engagement at The Dome on November 21 and will be met by Andy, a newsagent, who will take him back to his Sunnymede Crescent home.
"He is going to have Sunday lunch at my house before I take him out for a couple of drinks at the local pub. Then we'll be heading into town for drinks and a restaurant meal later on. We have booked him into a hotel in the countryside."
"On the Monday I will take him to York - he wants to see some British culture and likes castles and history. In the evening he will be doing a speech at The Dome. We have organised a great night for him - Frank Bruno will be coming, as well as Sky boxing correspondent Steve Bunce."
Andy, 41, recalled how the pair met when Andy was holidaying in New York and went along to watch a new fighter(Tyson) take on - and beat - Hector Mercedes. "I had a Union Jack draped around me, which I think Mike noticed. We got chatting and he invited me to his next fight. It then just spiralled from there. I have been to all his fights - 56 - and have paid for just three - Mike has paid the rest. We regularly talk on the phone and I have been over to visit him."

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He added: "I think our friendship has been built on the fact he respects me. I have never asked anything of him. After he lost his fight to Lennox Lewis, he offered me a diamond bracelet - worth one million pounds - I could have retired on the money from this. I couldn't take it though and I think it was this respect which made our friendship grow stronger."
Now Andy is looking forward to entertaining his friend on his home patch: "His November visit is going to be very exciting - he wants to sample some of the traditional British culture. Mike promised to come over once his career ended - and it is great. People didn't believe me when I said Mike Tyson would come to visit me one day.
Andy's support for Tyson has seen him travel the globe to watch his fights. He proudly boasts a Tyson tattoo on his back and a picture of the boxer on his car - on top of the usual memorabilia and pictures.
Tyson, now 39, lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
* Tickets for The Dome evening on November 21 are on sale now, contact: (01302) 370999. The event will include a four-course dinner and speeches. More info available here.

Andy Booker, from Yorkshire, England, shows off his back, tattooed with a Mike Tyson Image and signature, that Tyson signed 10 years ago, during Tyson's news conference at Burr Gymnasium on the Campus of Howard University Tuesday, June 7

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