Tyson has joined the broadcast team to add color commentary to King’s “Halloween Thrilla” fight card Saturday (Oct. 31) from Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The exciting five-fight undercard will be offered globally on pay per view for $5.99 at www.DonKingTV.com beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT/10 p.m. GMT. The legendary former undisputed heavyweight champion, whose greatest years were spent with King, was the youngest man to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world titles. Tyson went on to become one of best heavyweight boxers in history. “Oh what a glorious day,” said King. “My prodigal son has returned. It may be Halloween, but this is no trick. This will be a treat for boxing fans around the world. Mike is more than one of the greatest heavyweight champions in boxing history. He is a boxing historian, and nobody can break a fight down like Iron Mike.” Tyson will join blow-by-blow announcer James “Smitty” Smith and analyst Ken Miller at ringside.
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A WBC elimination bout will be featured on pay per view with WBC No. 3-ranked contender Ray “The Rainman” Austin (27-4-4, 17 KOs), from Cleveland, taking on former top-ranked heavyweight DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson (26-5, 22 KOs), from Denver. The USNBC heavyweight title will also be on the line in this match.
Three undeated future stars also included. Highly touted and undefeated welterweight “King” James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs), a Mexican fighting out of San Benito, Texas; undefeated super welterweight Nelson Linares (18-0-1, 11 KOs), from Venezuela; and undefeated freedom-fighting lightweight prospect Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (6-0, 4 KOs), from Cuba now fighting out of Miami, will all be featured on the pay-per-view telecast.
De La Rosa will be taking on Lenin “Volcano” Arroyo (20-10-1, 4 KOs), from Armenia, in a 10-round welterweight attraction. Super welterweight sensation Linares will be facing Archak “Shark Attack” TerMeliksetian (16-7, 13 KOs) of Fairview, N.J., in a scheduled 10-round clash. Santana will be featured in a six-round lightweight match against Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez, from Cleveland.
Prior to the Austin-Williamson 12-round heavyweight bout, boxing fans will also be treated to rising heavyweight knockout artist Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (17-1-1, 16 KOs), from Miami, Fla. Stiverne, who has a devastating right-handed knockout punch, will be taking on Jerry “Big Daddy” Butler (8-6-1, 8 KOs), from Nassau, Bahamas, in an eight-round affair.