Boxing legend Mike Tyson to give talk at KC Stadium Sports Arena
HE WAS once known as the "baddest man on the planet" and is perhaps the most notorious boxer in the history of the sport.
Now "Iron" Mike Tyson is coming to Hull for the first time.
Tickets are already selling fast for his first appearance as a guest speaker in the city next month.
Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in 1986 at the age of 20.
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He went on to become undisputed world champion for several years, beating Britain's Frank Bruno in two memorable bouts.
During an infamous clash with Evander Holyfield in 1997 Tyson bit off a chunk of his opponent's ear. By then, he had already spent time in prison after being convicted of rape.
Tony Dunn, who is promoting the event at the KC Stadium Sports Arena on October 3, said fans could expect to see a very different Tyson from his fighting days. He said: "We did a show with him in Pontefract earlier this year and he was great.
"He's a very interesting, amusing guy with one hell of a story to tell.
"He will talk about his boxing career and a bit of what he's doing at the moment.
"The compere will then ask him a few questions and then we will open it out to a question- and-answer session with the audience. That always goes down well."
Mr Dunn said questions from the audience would be vetted in advance.
"Everyone knows about the rape conviction and he's served his time in prison for that," he said.
"We won't be taking any questions on that or his child custody cases because the show is about his career as a boxer and what he thinks about the sport now."
Last month, Tyson starred in his own one-man show on Broadway in New York to mixed reviews.
But Mr Dunn, who runs Castleford company Sports Media Promotions, said the Hull show would be very different.
"It's not going to be like Mike's Broadway show at all," he said.
"As far I understand, that was a theatrical production.
"We've got a tried-and-tested format and it seems to work.
"As well as Mike speaking, there will be a chance for people to have their photograph taken with him too. We've also got a comedian on and we are hoping to have Luke Campbell there too."
Mr Dunn said the event was likely to be the first of many coming to Hull.
"We know Hull is a great boxing town and Luke Campbell proved that at the Olympics," he said.
"We are planning to bring Roberto Duran to Hull later in the year for a similar show.
"We haven't put on anything like this in Hull before but we have had fantastic support from the people at the KC Stadium."
Tickets cost £50 for unreserved seats, while a £100 VIP ticket will get you a front-row seat, waitress service and a photograph with Tyson.
Mr Dunn said: "We have sold about 350 tickets so far and I'm really pleased with that.
"The venue can hold about 1,000 but if we can get about 600 in there we will be doing well."