FORMER controversial boxer Mike Tyson is heading to Calderdale.
The ex-world heavyweight champion is to appear at a charity night organised by a Huddersfield man.
Stephen Oleksewycz is planning the event on October 13 at The Venue in Barkisland, after the success of a similar evening with Paul Gascoigne in May, which raised funds for Huddersfield’s Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
The latest charity has not yet been decided.
Mr Oleksewycz said: “The charity for the Tyson event is yet to be confirmed but I look forward to confirming soon and once again giving a cheque to a worthy cause once the event is over.
“Ricky Hatton was due to be the star of our next event but due to unforeseen circumstances on his behalf we have had to postpone his date to some time in spring/summer 2013.
“We have been after Mike Tyson for over 12 months but it is just a waiting game with someone so high profile.
“His agent has to believe the promoter is capable and experienced enough to put such a significant event on and we definitely passed the test.
“He has seen the quality of our past events and when I explained the Ricky situation he rearranged Tyson’s diary and offered a date in October.
“His fee is a bit scary but I know there is a demand so jumped at the chance”.
Tyson was regarded by many as one of the greatest-ever boxers, known for his ferocious style.
But he also had a dark side, serving time for rape and being disqualified on his comeback for biting off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear.
He will be over in the UK in October for two weeks doing shows. After that he will be off again doing sell out shows all around the world.
Tyson will be doing a question and answer session at The Venue with a top compere and guests can expect varied tales from his amazing career.
The evening will also include music acts, a four-course meal, a top comedian, table magicians, a sports auction and a raffle.