Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°C

Search

Region: It’s Las Vegas to East Anglia for Iron Mike Tyson

12:20 13 October 2012

Mike Tyson appearing at the at The Ocean Room in Gorleston.

Picture: James Bass

Mike Tyson appearing at the at The Ocean Room in Gorleston. Picture: James Bass

(C) James Bass 2012

Two decades ago he was topping the bill at a packed Hilton hotel in Las Vegas.

shares

However, last night – quite surreally – Mike Tyson was the star turn at Gorleston’s Ocean Room more usually known for its Friday Boogie Nights.

Despite the fact his legendary fight nights were in the last millennium, he still proved a big enough draw to pack the seafront venue with fans happy to pay between £100 and £200 for a ticket – not to see him fight but to hear him talk.

The audience was perhaps inevitably dominated by thickset men with cropped hair and there were very few women there for the three-course dinner and entertainment, which included a question-and-answer session with the retired heavyweight champion.

Lowestoft’s Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo, Norwich’s former world boxing champion Jon Thaxton and ex-Canaries footballer Darren Huckerby were among a select group of local sports stars invited.

There were excited cries of “Mike” as he walked in, surrounded by members of Team Tyson, and went over to a cordoned-off area to be photographed with his fans who were patiently queuing around the edge of the room.

Gorleston was one of the final dates in an 11-event British tour organised to promote his new biography, Mike Tyson, written by Reg Gutteridge.

While the days of him earning $30m for a fight have long since gone, it was abundantly clear that Team Tyson is still a successful money-making enterprise.

Promoter Spencer Brown was expecting a scrum of fans eager to snap up signed memorabilia, with photographs of Tyson’s distinctively tattooed face going for £55 and signed belts predicted to sell for up to £5,000.

Heartened by the success of the Tyson visit, coming hot on the heels of an appearance by fellow boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, he predicted an exciting new chapter for the Ocean Room, whose main claim to fame up to now has been a concert by Blur in their early days. He said: “We are bringing Nigel Benn here next month and we are planning to bring retired Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran over in the future.”

shares

1 comment

  • I would to see him fight Rocky Balboa in his prime. It would be a close call fight

    Report this comment

    the opinion man

    Sunday, October 14, 2012

Playtime fun at Clifford Road, School, Ipswich, in March 1974. What playtime games do you recall? (Photo by Paul Nixon/Archant)

Schools soon begin another term and proud parents will be filling Facebook with first day at school photos.

A spooky procession through Christchurch Park before the start of the fireworks in 2014

There will be an army of ghouls and zombies filling Christchurch Park next month – but do not let that put you off watching Ipswich’s Halloween firework display.

Staff and volunteers at Ipswich Library with some of the top ten books in Suffolk 
Matt Shenton, Marion Harvey, Calum Holmes and Hannah Daly

A woman with dementia in a desperate bid to find her best friend, an internal fight to fill a parish council seat and dealing with conspiracy and sabotage to take control of the family business.

Fuel fraudster in court

A fuel fraudster has been given a community order after failing to pay garages for fuel on seven occasions.

Ipswich Academy.

The new sponsors of two Ipswich academies in special measures have outlined their vision to improve their schools.

Adele Bellis says her life has been changed forever by the attack

A beautician who lost an ear, was left partially bald and has permanent scarring after being attacked at a Lowestoft bus stop has spoken out.

Car hits wall at entrance to Christchurch Park in Fonnereau Road Ipswich

A section of the wall around Christchurch Park in Ipswich will have to be rebuilt after a car crashed into it.

Proposed housing site in Poplar Lane , behind the Holiday Inn ,Ipswich.

Almost 500 new homes could be built on the edge of Ipswich in a move which has prompted concern among local residents.

View of Diesel Generator and Transformer Sets at Existing Flexible 
Generation Facility

More than 30 years after Cliff Quay power station was taken off the grid, electricity generation could return to its site – but on a very different scale.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court

Two former co-workers at a Trimley St Martin shop and post office have been charged with defrauding the business of nearly £9,500.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages