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Mike Tyson to attend Nevada Hall of Fame induction

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who went from reform school to become known as “the baddest man on the planet,” has announced that he will attend the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction gala on Saturday, August 10 at the Monte Carlo Resort in Las Vegas.

A member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Tyson is one of three Nevada resident boxers who make up the NVBHOF’s initial class of 19. The others are Mike McCallum, who will attend the ceremony, and the late Diego “Chico” Corrales. Corrales’ wife, Michelle, will accept the award in his memory.

Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick in the second round at the Las Vegas Hilton on Nov. 22, 1986, to become, at 20, the youngest heavyweight champion in history. “Iron” Mike fought many of his most significant bouts in the Silver State and went 13-2 with nine knockouts in Nevada.

In his legendary career, Tyson was 50-6 with 44 KOs.

“I am truly honored by this induction,” said Tyson, a resident of Henderson, Nev. “It’s an extraordinary feeling to be recognized for my accomplishments by the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. It’s very nostalgic at this stage of my life to look back with dignity on my career and how much the state of Nevada has contributed to my legacy.”

Tyson, McCallum and Corrales are among 19 inductees in eight categories who will be honored at the much anticipated gala dinner.

Other notable fighters who plan to attend include ex-heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and former multi-division world champion Julio César Chávez Sr. Both men were chosen in the non-Nevada resident category.