Mike Tyson Returns to the Ring and Enters into an Exclusive Management Deal with the K-1 Corporation and Announces Plans to Fight K-1 Superstar, Bob "The Beast" Sapp

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The Notorious Former Heavyweight Champ Signed a Contract Which Also Encompasses Media Appearances and Commercial Endorsements in Japan

After weeks of taunts and challenges, Mike Tyson officially announced his decision to enter into a contract with the K-1 Corporation. A match-up with K-1’s Bob “The Beast” Sapp is scheduled in Japan for late December. This confirms Tyson’s recent ringside declaration at K-1’s “Battle at the Bellagio” where he directly challenged K-1 superstar Sapp.

The contract, which comes after weeks of discussion and speculation, sanctions Tyson to fight exclusively with K-1 in Japan. Rumors of a possible Tyson / Sapp match-up have circulated with Sapp’s proclamations on national television and radio that the path would be cleared for him to take on the former champion under the K-1 banner. The freshly-inked deal also allows the K-1 organization to secure television appearances as well as commercial endorsements. K-1 will also have the ability to negotiate bouts for the renowned superstar.

“I’ll do it right here, get me a pair of shorts and I’ll fight him tonight,” shouted Tyson from the August 15th Las Vegas event which was broadcast on ESPN Pay-Per-View. “Sign the contract…sign the contract!” Sapp replied, “I’ll do it, I’ll fight Tyson with all my heart, spirit and technique. I’ll sign the contract to fight you today. The Beast is coming for you!”

“The entire K-1 team was thrilled following Tyson’s stunning challenge and looks forward to the December match-up,” said Coker, K-1 USA President. “His signing brings the skill and notoriety of boxing’s biggest star to K-1 fans in both Japan and worldwide.”


Since its debut in Japan in 1993, K-1 has become the hottest and most action-packed fighting sport in the world. K-1 is a martial arts fighting circuit designed to gather fighters from all stand-up fighting disciplines into the ring to determine a single champion. In order to wear the crown of K-1 champion, a fighter must win three consecutive fights in a single night. The tournament consists of 22 events taking place in 20 countries around the world. The “K” comes from the first letter of the various styles of martial arts that make up K-1: Karate, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, Kakutogi and Tae Kwon Do. The “1” means there is just a single weight class and the champion is truly “Number One.”

For more information about K-1, please visit: http://www.K-1USA.net.


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