Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will be getting involved with the sport for the first time since his final fight in 2005 when he lost by technical knockout to Kevin McBride. Tyson will be back with his promotion company Iron Mike Productions which will be a partnership with what is formerly known as Acquinity Sports, a pre-existing promotion company. Chief Executive Gary Jonas and Tyson have reportedly been working on the deal for the past five months and have finally reached an agreement. Iron Mike’s Productions first card will be a pair of title fights held August 23 in Verona, New York and will be the season finale to ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The event features Argenis Mendez defending the junior lightweight championship, and Claudio Marrero battling Jesus Andres Cuellar for the vacant interim featherweight title.
Tyson’s interview with Friday Night Fights was a clear indicator of how excited he is to be returning to boxing in this capacity. The last eight years have seen him pursue other interests to include bit parts in The Hangover trilogy. Tyson remains most famous for his work in the ring, such as winning his title at age 20. Tyson ended his career with a record of 50-6-2. Tyson stated in his interview that he was really interested in working with a developing fighters and that he wasn’t getting into promotions for the money he could make.