Iron Mike’s soft spot for Blackpool

Former Blackpool FC star Keith Southern with Mike Tyson during the ex-world heavyweight champion's appearance in Blackpool.

Former Blackpool FC star Keith Southern with Mike Tyson during the ex-world heavyweight champion's appearance in Blackpool.

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BOXING ace Mike Tyson says he “loves” Blackpool and is looking forward to returning this Autumn.

The world champion is set to visit the “Las Vegas of the North”, bringing his one man show straight from Broadway and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Fans of the fighter will be able to put their own questions to Iron Mike at the meet and greet event at The De Vere Village Hotel.

The appearance follows the former heavyweight champion of the world’s sell out show in Blackpool in 2010.

James Ward, promotions manager for the event, said: “It was so successful last time we thought it made sense to come back.

“This time the show is a bit more of a story. The crowd will get to ask him the questions they want to ask too.”

Organisers say tickets are already selling out fast for the afternoon event on October 14.

Fans will be able to hear tales from Tyson’s childhood and fighting days for a ticket price of £80.

This year’s event will be smaller, with only 300 tickets available, to allow for people to spend time with the retired boxer.

Tyson will share stories about life as “the baddest man on the planet” and about difficult times. The organisers have said Tyson is also hoping to visit some of the towns attractions during his stay.

Mr Ward said: “Mike loves Blackpool and wants to bring his kids and wife this time.

“He’s actually coming the day before and having a couple of days in Blackpool

“He’s in the UK for 12 days, to do 10 shows, but he’s spending a bit of time here. He said St Annes was the nicest place he’s stayed in the UK after last time, he could go out for a walk without being mugged.”

Tyson, who is famously a pigeon fancier, has also talked about coming to Blackpool for the British Homing World Show of the Year.

Mr Ward continued: “There was talk of him coming for the pigeon weekend. Mike said he’d love to come.”

For tickets call Spencer Brown on 07961 762555

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