By Ike Enwereuzor
WBO No.8 heavyweight contender David Izon of Nigeria is expected to challenge former undisputed heavyweight champion, "Älmighty Iron" Mike Tyson (49-3) 43KO's, in an exciting bout, venue yet to be announced.
Looks like Tyson-Izon fight will take place in Nigeria, but the Nigerian government, sponsors or promoters, are expected to come up with an offer, so this exciting showdown can be set in Nigeria for June 2001. This is what boxing fans are expecting, and this will generate mega cash as countries buy TV rights.
This showdown will be televised live on Showtime network for the American audience. Australia was interested in staging this bout but now pulled out. A new site is being looked into and hopefully will take place in Nigeria. Tyson's last fight was October 2000 when he stopped heavyweight contender Andrew Golota in seconds.
The IBF featherweight champion, Mbulelo Botile now (27-1) will return to the ring April 6, at Texas Station, Las Vegas, since his seizing the IBF championship from former champ, Paul Ingle in England on December 16, 2000 with a 12 round knockout which left Ingle permanently disabled and may not be able to fight again. He stayed in a london's hospital several days without being able to speak.
The two-time world champion, Botile will make his first since April 6, against Frank Toledo (38-5-1). For ticket information call: (702)693-5066.
Saturday, April 7, at MGM Grand Garden Arena will show another dynamic match-up between Prince Naseem Hamed and Marco Antonio Barrera. Undefeated three-time champion Prince Naseem Hamed (35-0) 31KO's is more than a boxer. He's an entertainer and it isn't just his boxing ability that sets him apart from the best of the rest. He meets his toughest foe to date when he clashes against the two-time world champion, Marco Antonio Barrera known as "The Baby Face Assassin". With Barrera's aggression and exciting style, he has been very successful in the ring. The winner of this battle will be considered the best 126 pounds fighter in the world.
Ghana's David Tetteh (20-2) faces Victor Mckinnis (17-3-2) on April 12 at the Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, Ga.
Undefeated young southpaw NABO jr lightweight champion, Daniel "The Prophet" Attah (18-0-1) with 8KO's now promoted by M&M Sports Inc is the WBO number-one world rated jr lightweight contender and 1996 Olympic representative for Nigeria. Daniel had several impressive wins and has broken into world ratings. Attah was originally scheduled to fight an elimination bout April 7, against a tough top ranked contender and WBO Latin American champion, Ariel Nistal of Sante Fe, Argentina, with(23-2-4) 12KO's. This showdown has been rescheduled, the new date for the bout is April 21, in Argentina. In Attah's last fight on December 29, 2000 in Chester, WV, he scored an 8 round deceision against Keylang Umana of Nicaragua. The showdown with Ariel Nistal is expected to be televised live in Argentina, Nigeria, and some few other countries around the world. Countries or television stations who wish to get TV rights and televise this fight live should contact Mr. Lewkowicz at: (201)314-4419
The Nigerian southpaw champion, is expected to have a press conference at the Nigerian Consulate in New York, NY, U.S.A., in April. This was confirmed by the matchmaker for M&M Sports, Mr. Sampson Lewkowicz. The company hopes to set up the championship fight for Attah in Nigeria, once Attah beats Nistal. Nigerians all over the United States and boxing fans are expected to attend this historic occassion. M&M Sports is open for discussion about televising the April 21 fight live in Nigeria. This event would give native Africans an opportunity to witness a potential world champion. Sponsors or Co-promoters could contact us if they wish to be a part of this history, including bringing Mike Tyson to fight in Nigeria.
Heavyweight contender "The President" Ike Ibeabuchi (20-0) 15KO's is at Lake's Crossing Mental Health Facility in Sparks, NV. He was arrested for alleged sexual assault back in July 1999, and was ruled by Disrict Court Judge Joseph Bonaventure, to be forced to undergo medication for Bipolar or schizoaffective disorder against his will. Before being detained in jail, the Nigerian-born punch thrower was being touted as the new Mike Tyson after beating top heavyweight contender David Tua and former WBO heavyweight champ, Chris Byrd.
Also, on April 21, at Carnival City Casino, Johnesburg, South Africa, heavyweight champion, Lennox Lewis (31-1-1) will battle American Hasim Rahman (33-3) for the undisputed world heavweight championship. The co-main event will feature, IBF super Bantamweight champion, Lehlohonolo Ledwaba of South Africa with a professional record of (31-1-1) who makes next title defense against Mexican Carlos Contreras (17-4-1). The card will also feature, Zolani Petelo and Stephanus Carr.
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