BOXING legend Mike Tyson has donated a signed belt to a Huddersfield club.
The former heavyweight world champion presented the belt to Mark Reynolds as a thank you for working on his security team during his UK tour.
The founder of Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club said: “After breakfast on his last day in England, Mike called me to his room and presented me with a replica WBA championship belt which he had signed in two places.
“To say I was speechless is an understatement. Spending a week with one of the most famous people on the planet is something I will cherish for the rest of my life and the buzz we are having in the club on the back of it is great.”
Tyson was in the UK from November 3 to 10, speaking in Wolverhampton, Essex, Cardiff and Derby. A fifth event in Belfast was cancelled for security reasons.
Mark has now spoken about this time with the boxing legend.
The 42-year-old Newsome man said: “The highlight for me was hearing Mike talking about his life and career from being a 12-year-old to the present day. Each evening there were different parts of his life that came out which was very good to hear.”
Tyson spoke at the Five Lakes Hotel in Essex on November 7.
Mark said: “He talked for over an hour and the standing ovation he got was something I have never witnessed before.
“We went to the bar area to relax but had to leave after half an hour because of the amount of people wanting to get photos signed.
“We then went to Mike’s suite and he talked till 4.30am about his life in more detail, from being a young child, being in a reform school, his introduction to boxing and the highs and lows of his life, including his bust-ups with Don King and Frank Warren. I was enthralled.”
Mark also got the benefit of Tyson’s expertise on boxing.
He said: “On the Friday night we watched the Rogan versus Sexton fight on TV. It was unreal sitting next to the former heavyweight champion of the world talking tactics.”
After spending a week with Tyson, Mark believes his fearsome reputation is not justified.
He said: “It was so special to be part of this tour in so many ways but the main thing that came out of this tour was how humble, respectful and knowledgeable Mike is. He writes poetry, he’s well-read and knows the history of this country better than I know it myself.”
Mark hopes Tyson will visit Huddersfield on his next tour.
He said: “There is talk of another tour which I will be involved with, so watch this space.”