Former heavyweight boxing champion “Iron” Mike Tyson was in Pittsburgh on Thursday night, and he took some time to visit a Pirates’ home baseball game to throw out the ceremonial first pitch according to USA Today. While Tyson’s technique may not be the best, he was able to manage what so many before him could not and actually got the ball from the pitcher’s mound all the way to home plate. Not only did “Iron” Mike’s throw make it the full 60 feet to the plate, but his accuracy seemed dead on as well. Mike may have managed to get a strike call had an umpire been behind the plate. Check out the video of Tyson’s throw from the Pittsburgh Pirate’s Vine account.
MLB also posted a video of Tyson throwing out the first pitch at the Pirates’ game, and this one gets a little more interesting at the end. As CBS Sports pointed out, just as the video ends, Mike is seeing leaning over to Pittsburgh’s Tony Sanchez as if he were going to bite Sanchez’s ear off. This of course is mocking the now infamous act Tyson pulled for real in a boxing match against Evander Holyfield.
Mike Tyson is in Pittsburgh in order to promote a boxing event set up by his new promotion Iron Mike Productions. Tyson is bringing boxing back to The Steel City on Friday with a three-fight card which will showcase both local and national talent. The event will take place at the Monroeville Convention Center and will air live on Showtime for viewers across the country.
Mike recently sat down with local Pittsburgh station Action News 4 to talk about the event.
“The main reason I wanted to do it here is because Pittsburgh, in general, since the beginning of time was a big fight town. You may have 10 world champions that come from the town of Pittsburgh itself,” Tyson told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 anchor Andrew Stockey.
The main event is scheduled to be a 10-round lightweight bout between local fighter Rod Salka and rising prospect Alexei Collado of Miami. Mike thinks the main event should be a good one for fans.
“It’s going to be interesting because we are going to watch Rod Salka fight against one of our fighters and we heard Rod Salka doesn’t fool around. We heard he’s a crowd pleaser as well and he comes to fight,” Tyson said.
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