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Mike Tyson News: Mike Tyson Dinner Tour UK update

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 @ 13:49:13 UTC by tysonian
Tyson does charity visit

Mike Tyson is coming to Copthorne for an amateur boxing night.

The former world heavyweight champion is taking part in an amateur boxing after-dinner show at Effingham Park Golf Club, Copthorne, along with fellow world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno on Friday, March 24.

Proceeds from the event will go to Whoopsadaisy - a charity for disabled children.

Initially the black tie event was to be held in Brighton but it was blocked by council leader Simon Burgess who questioned Tyson's suitability following his conviction.

The event was then moved to Copthorne following the block.

Tandridge District Council, which covers Copthorne, said it has no plans to oppose the show.

Former British champion Scott Welch, who is promoting the evening, said he did not understand the problem.

"The past is in the past," he said. "You can't live in the past. You've got to look to the future.

"He's done what he's done but he wants to carry on with his life. It was 14 years ago.

"We are extremely grateful that Mike has agreed to come to Crawley and support this show.

"He has many loyal fans in the south who I'm sure will be eager to hear this amazing story from the man himself."

Rees Hopcraft, of Crawley Amateur Boxing Club, also defended Tyson.

"Mike Tyson is one of the best, if not the best heavyweights of all time," he said.

"If Tyson or Bruno were to visit Crawley Amateur Boxing Club as part of their visit to the area it would be an honour to welcome them.

"Many of our lads come from underprivileged backgrounds and to show people like Tyson and Bruno taking an interest would be outstanding."

Proceeds from the event, which could be Tyson's last trip to the UK, are going to two Sussex childrens' charities.

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Tyson drops Cardiff date

Boxing legend Mike Tyson has pulled out of his visit to Cardiff after his promoters were caught up in a tax wrangle with the venue where he was set to appear.

The 39-year-old former World Heavyweight Champion was set to take centre stage at the Cardiff International Arena on Friday, to talk about his life inside and outside the ring.

Fans were asked to pay £50 a head to see Tyson's show, which was also set to feature boxing heroes Joe Calzaghe and Frank Bruno as well as a host of Welsh rugby legends.

Warrington-based Fisher Promotions, who were promoting the event, confirmed they were pulling the show because the CIA wanted to deduct 25 per cent of the gross ticket sales to pay for Tyson's tax bill.

Ray Fisher, of Fisher Promotions, claimed it was common practice for venues to deduct a percentage of a foreign performer's ticket sales to pay the tax bill for the earnings they make in the UK.

However, Mr Fisher said the company 'overlooked' the CIA's 25 per cent tax demand after booking the venue, which was 'too much' to make the show viable.

The ex-boxer's visit to Cardiff was set to kick-off a short tour of the UK, which was also supposed to take in Manchester and London, but these shows have also been cancelled.

Mr Fisher claimed fight fans who had bought tickets to see Tyson have all been fully refunded.

He said: 'It's very disappointing because Mike Tyson was looking forward to coming to Wales and Cardiff for the first time but unfortunately it's not to be.'

Fisher Promotions claimed Tyson was still coming to the UK, for a dinner engagement in Leeds on March 20.

Mr Fisher added that any fans who were hoping to see Tyson in Cardiff, still had the chance to re-book to see the boxing legend in Leeds, by contacting 0800 0286 844.

The CIA declined to comment.

New venue for Tyson boxing event
Source: bbc
Thanks to phxmikefan

An amateur boxing event with Mike Tyson as guest of honour has been moved to a private venue in Sussex after its original location was vetoed.

Council leader Simon Burgess blocked the planned event at the Brighton Centre after women's groups objected to the convicted rapist's attendance.

The promoters now hope to hold the gala on 24 March at the Effingham Park Golf Club, in Copthorne, near Crawley.

But campaigners have insisted it should not be allowed to go ahead.

Gail Gray, from the Brighton Women's Refuge Project, is keeping the pressure on after opposing the event being staged in Brighton.


"I know people will say that he has done his time," she said.

"But he is able to get on with his life with not that many infringements upon it, whereas the impact of having been raped can have a huge psychological and emotional impact on women that can last throughout their lives."

But ex-British champion Scott Welch argued that the 39-year-old was an "awe-inspiring" person for amateur boxers.

Mr Welch's co-promoter Lee Greenwood said: "He [Mike Tyson] has had problems in the past, there's no getting away from it.

"But what Mike will do by coming to the county is encourage people to get off the streets, to get up and to actually do something rather than sitting around on computers all day."

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