Mike Tyson World Tour Final News Conference Pictures

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Published: October 18, 2006

Tyson Press Conference Quotes

Mike Tyson: “I’m happy to be here, starting my world tour in Youngstown. It’s been a little nerve-racking, but I’m ready to get it started. I’m a little nervous. The people here have been great. I lived approximately 18 miles from here. I’m sure this will be entertaining. I expect to have some fun. Bigger things (on the world tour) are down the road, places like Australia, China and possibly Dubai. I’m doing these exhibitions for charity. I’m retired; no way I’m fighting again. I began training to get in shape and it just snowballed. I wanted to do something for charity and here we are.”

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson answers a reporter’s question during his news conference in Youngstown, Ohio, October 18, 2006. Tyson is scheduled to box in a four-round exhibition against Corey Sanders on October 20.. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz

The first stop of “Mike Tyson’s World Tour” in Youngstown will be broadcast LIVE in North America on Cable and Satellite PAY-PER-VIEW for only $29.95 beginning at 10:30 pm ET/7:30 pm PT October 20th. Tickets, affordably priced at $25, $50, $100, and $200, are available at the Chevrolet Centre Box Office (330.746.5600) or at Gettix outlets (including online). Doors open at 7pm ET and the first non-televised bout is at 8pm.

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Source: fightnews

By Josh Womack

“Mike Tyson’s
World Tour” held a brief press conference today at the Chevrolet
Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. This was the final press conference
before Tyson (50-6, 44 KO’s) takes on Corey “T-Rex” Sanders
(23-11, 15 KO’s) in a 4-round exhibition at the Chevrolet Centre
this Friday.

Publicist Bob Treiger got things kicked off by welcoming
everyone and then introduced former lightweight champion of the
world and Youngstown native, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini (29-5,
23 KO’s).

“I just want to welcome Mike and Sterling to
Youngstown, Ohio,” said Mancini. Youngstown has a great boxing
tradition and I wish the Chevrolet Centre was around when I was
fighting. It’s a great building and it should be a great time on
Friday night”

Mancini will be doing color commentary for Tyson’s
fight.

Promoter Sterling McPherson took the podium after
Mancini and addressed many issues boxing fans were curious about
including the possibility of Tyson and Sanders wearing headgear
for their exhibition.

“I am leaving it up to Mike and Corey, It’s
their call. I haven’t pressured them and we’ll find out Friday what
they decide. If it were my call I wouldn’t have them wear headgear
because I want to make sure the fans in attendance and on pay-per-view
have a chance to see the fighter’s faces,” said McPherson.

McPherson also addressed the number of pay-per-view
buys thus far.

“I really don’t know in terms of how it’s going.
I’ll know more tomorrow (Thursday). Pay-per-view is a tricky thing
because a lot of boxing fans wait to the last minute to order.”

Tyson offered some final thoughts on the fight,
what the people should expect and the city of Youngstown.

“It’s going to be fun. I’m a little nervous,
but I just want to put on a good show. I’m probably about 240 pounds
right now. The city of Youngstown has been great to me. I trained
just 18 miles away in Southington so I’ve seen some familiar faces.
The media and everybody else make me a little nervous so I’m glad
we chose Youngstown. It’s a good fight town,” said Tyson.

After the press conference Sterling McPherson caught
up with Fightnews and other local media to discuss the tour after
Friday night.

“Right now we’re looking at a possible November
11 date in Norfolk, Virginia followed by a November 25 date in California,
either Los Angeles or San Diego. After that we would like to do
something in Florida Super Bowl weekend. This summer possible dates
include St. Petersburg in Russia, South Africa and Croatia. No matter
what happens on Friday, we are moving forward with Mike Tyson.”

It was also announced that light middleweight Juan
McPherson (3-0, 2 KO’s) will be fighting Will Pietro (pro debut)
from Lorain, Ohio. McPherson and Pietro split a pair of fights during
their amateur careers so look for an entertaining bout.

The weigh-in
will be held tomorrow at the Chevrolet Centre.

* * *

The first leg
of Mike Tysons World Tour? in Youngstown, presented by Sterling
Promotions, will be broadcast live in North America on cable and
satellite pay-per-view beginning at 10:30 PM/ET, 7:30 PM/PT. The
event is being produced and distributed for Pay Per View by Queensbury
Media and Integrated Sports and will be available in more than 50-million
homes in North America via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV & Dish Network
in the USA, Viewers Choice & Bell ExpressVu in Canada. The
suggested retail price for the PPV telecast is only $29.95.

Tickets, affordably
priced at $25.00, $50.00, $100.00, and $200.00, are on sale and
available at the Chevrolet Centre Box Office or on line at www.gettix.net
or at Gettix outlets. For more information call 330.746.5600 or
go to www.chevroletcentre.com.

Doors opens
at 7 PM/ET with the first bout scheduled for 8 PM/ET. All fighters
and matches are subject to change.

Former lightweight champion Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini (L) greets former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson prior to Tyson’s news conference in Youngstown, Ohio, October 18, 2006. Tyson is scheduled to box in a four-round exhibition against Corey Sanders October 20. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson answers a reporter’s question during his news conference in Youngstown, Ohio, October 18, 2006. Tyson is scheduled to box in a four-round exhibition against Corey Sanders. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson reacts to a question posed by a reporter during his news conference in Youngstown, Ohio, October 18, 2006. Tyson is scheduled to box in a four-round exhibition against Corey Sanders. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson talks to a TV reporter following his news conference in Youngstown, Ohio, October 18, 2006. Tyson is scheduled to box in a four-round exhibition against Corey Sanders on October 20. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (L) signs a glove belonging to Zack Page following Tyson’s press conference in Youngstown, Ohio, October 18, 2006. Page is on the fight card with Tyson. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson talks to reporters about his upcoming schedule to box in a four-round exhibition against Corey Sanders, in Youngstown, Ohio, October 18, 2006. The bout is on October 20. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz