Tyson Offers Reward – Mike Tyson has placed an item on his facebook page offering a reward for the boxing belts stolen from the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota.
Reward – I am offering a reward to anyone providing info that leads the authorities to recover the Championship Belts of Tony Zale and Carmen Basilio stolen from the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Get a boxing glove, My “Undisputed Truth Book”, and genuine Roots of Fight t-shirt – all AUTOGRAPHED by me. I am asking anyone with information to please call Canastota New York Police at 315-697-2240 or 315-697-8888.
The New York Times reported the theft of the title belts last November. The full article describing the theft and it’s lasting effects can be read here.
Big kudos to Tyson as well, as he tries to drum up support for a cause that shows “Iron Mike” is not only a boxing historian but he is true to his upstate New York roots and is lending a hand getting the word out. There is a vast amount of memoribilia and collectors out there, but the number of people who would have both the interest and the means to acquire those pieces is low.
The belts stolen include those froom three world title fights: 1955 vs. Tony DeMarco, 1956 vs. Johnny Saxton, and the famous 1957 bout against Sugar Ray Robinson where Basilio beat Robinson in one of the most famous bouts in boxing history at Yankee Stadium.
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