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Mike Tyson excited about promoting

Boxing still revered in this area

"One of the reasons I'm really gung-ho about this is that I saw 50 Cent's show on ESPN," Tyson said. "He had an awesome show. It inspired me. It got me very energized.

Armstrong vacated the featherweight belt shortly afterward, but for a brief period, he held all three world titles. In an era when there were just eight divisions and world titles were undisputed, Armstrong was the only world champion from 126 to 147 pounds. With extra modern weight classes and all of the ridiculous interim championships awarded by the competing promotional organizations today, I'm not even sure I could accurately count how many various world champions currently reign between 126 and 147. But the number would be somewhere around 20, give or take a few. Amazingly, Armstrong nearly captured the middleweight title in March 1940 when he drew with the champion, Ceferino Garcia. A win would have given him half of the available world championships in less than three years' time.

Ranking the Most Impressive Stretches of Dominance in Boxing

"We have no doubt that the AIBA World Boxing Championships Doha 2015 will be one of the best in the history of the sport and that new standards will be set in this brand new region for AIBA. The AIBA EC Members know that we will not let them down! I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to His Excellency, Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, QOC Secretary General, for his full support and his guidance in this successful bid". Ally this to the 2022 FIFA World Cup and you can see that this small sovereign Arab state with a population of under 2 million has a sporting tradition and prowess which more populous (and less wealthy) nations can only dream of.

Boxing - Money doesn't talk, it bellows into the microphone at 200 decibels

There are blue-collar families, the rise and fall of steel mills, ghettos, great food and, most notably, sports. Most people think of football first when it comes to athletics, and rightfully so, but that wasn't always the case. Before it was swept under the rug in the mid 1990s - for a number of reasons - boxing was one of the premier sports in the country, not to mention the Mahoning Valley. Pretty much everyone has heard of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini and Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik, but there have been plenty of greats from the area. Harry Arroyo, from the south side of Youngstown, was an International Boxing Federation lightweight champion in 1984.

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