Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 27, 2003
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-1Âs Bob ÂThe BeastÂ Sapp is scheduled in Japan for late December. This confirms TysonÂs recent ringside declaration at K-1Âs ÂBattle at the BellagioÂ 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 SappÂs 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.
ÂIÂll do it right here, get me a pair of shorts and IÂll fight him tonight,Â shouted Tyson from the August 15th Las Vegas event which was broadcast on ESPN Pay-Per-View. ÂSign the contractÂ sign the contract!Â Sapp replied, ÂIÂll do it, IÂll fight Tyson with all my heart, spirit and technique. IÂll sign the contract to fight you today. The Beast is coming for you!Â
ÂThe entire K-1 team was thrilled following TysonÂs stunning challenge and looks forward to the December match-up,Â said Coker, K-1 USA President. ÂHis signing brings the skill and notoriety of boxingÂs biggest star to K-1 fans in both Japan and worldwide.Â
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 ÂKÂ 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 Â1Â means there is just a single weight class and the champion is truly ÂNumber One.Â
For more information about K-1, please visit: http://www.K-1USA.net.