"The thing a kid in the street fears the most is to be called yellow or chicken, and sometimes a kid will do the most stupid, wild, crazy things just to hide how scared he is. I often tell them that while fear is such an obnoxious thing, an embarrassing thing nevertheless it is your friend, because anytime anyone saves your life perhaps a dozen times a day, no matter what how obnoxious he is, youve got to look upon him as a friend, and this is what fear is Since nature gave us fear in order to help us survive, we cannot look upon it as an enemy. Just think how many times a day a person would die if he had no fear. Hed walk in front of cars, hed die a dozen times a day. Fear is a protective mechanism .By talking to the fighters about fear I cut the learning time maybe as much as half, sometimes more, depending on the individual."
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Mike Tyson News: Mike Tyson to visit Great Britain for 5 city charity-tour --update
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2008 @ 16:43:04 UTC by tysonian
Boxing legend Mike Tyson is returning to Britain for a series of charity-dinners.
And he's hoping to raise thousands of pounds for local good causes.
Tickets, costing up to £200 a head, went on sale today for his appearance at Doncaster Dome, on Thursday May 29.
It follows a sold out dinner at the Dome two years ago which raised £5,000 for the family of a Yorkshire police woman who was shot dead.
Tyson also handed over £10,000 from a Leeds dinner to the grieving family of Doncaster rugby league coach St John Ellis, who collapsed and died after a training session.
Tyson's close pal Andy Booker, of Askern, is organising the forth coming event with promoter Ray Fisher.
"I spoke to Mike last night and he can't wait to come back here. He loves the place and fans can't get enough of him," newsagent Andy told The Star.
"He says he wants to help other local charities. Nothing's decided yet. But it's typical of Mike. I've seen him hand over cash to people in the street. He's so generous. He's probably given millions to charity. It's a side of him that not many people know about.''
Tickets for the event are £75 (bronze) or £125 (silver) each, with a limited number of £225 gold tickets, including champagne reception, best seats and personalised photo. Visit www.fisherpromotions.co.uk or call: 01925 414123 / 07710 525 389.
Update 1: The dates and locations are as follows: Friday, May 23rd at Manchester Old Trafford Sunday, May 25th at Carlisle Sands Centre Tuesday May 27th at Birmingham ICC Wednesday May 28th at Gateshead Federation Breweries Thursday May 29th at Doncaster Dome For ticket information call: 01925 414123 / 07710 525 389.
Update 2 (15 April):
Mike Tyson did a radio-interview with talkSPORT about his return to the UK. Click here to listen to the interview. Thanks to gibbo for the notice.
Update 3 (7 May):
Fisher Promotions released a video of one of the previous Tyson dinner tour (see below. Thanks to CasperUK for submission) and extra details about the Mike Tyson UK Dinner Tour MAY 2008.
Joining Mike will be Tony "TNT" Tucker former IBF World Champion who went the distance with Mike being closely outpointed. Tucker then went on to beat James Buster Douglas and Oliver Mcall and was even avoided by George Foreman.
Richie Woodhall, former WBC world champion and Setanta Sports presenter will be the guest interviewer on the night. Ray Lewis one of the original Drifters will be providing sweet soul music throughout the evening for your pleasure.
More sports personalities and celebrities will be attending the event's and will be announced closer to the occasion.