PRESS CONFERENCE HEATS UP AS BARTHLEMY BRINGS “FAKE” TITLE BELT
PACKED HOUSE OF MIAMI MEDIA TURNS OUT FOR IRON MIKE PRODUCTIONSTHURSDAY EVENT AT AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA
THURSDAY, JULY 10 IN MIAMI, FL
AND LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1
Miami, FL (July 9, 2014) Former heavyweight world champion, boxing legend MIKE TYSON held court at the Final Press Conference for “JUDGMENT DAY” on Wednesday afternoon in Miami, FL.
“JUDGMENT DAY”, set for Thursday, July 10 at the American Airlines Arena, Home of the Miami Heat, is headlined by a highly anticipated rematch for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Featherweight crown between Tyson’s fighter, championARGENIS “La Tormenta” MENDEZ, 20-2-1 (11KO’s)and top rated challenger RANCES “Kid Blast” BARTHELEMY, 19-0-0 (12KO’s).
Tempers grew heated in front of the huge media crowd when the challenger, Barthlemey took the podium and was shadowed by a “fake” IBF Title belt, apparently as a way of insulting the champion, Mendez.
The initial bout between Mendez and Barthelemy which took place on January 3, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota was initially and wrongly ruled a second round stoppage for Barthelemy. However, the decision was reversed and ruled a “No Decision” by the Minnesota State Boxing Commission as a video replay clearly showed Mendez being hit after the bell sounded to end the second round.
Since the January 3rd controversy, Iron Mike Productions has beaten the Barthelemy squad on four separate legal occasions and was therefore alarmed at the actions today at the press conference implying that the challenger was in fact the champion.
Co-featured on the FOX Sports 1 telecast (10pm ET/7pm PT) will be a 10-round light heavyweight clash between world ranked contender HUMBERTO SAVIGNE and former world champion JEFF “Left Hook” LACY.
Opening the FOX Sports 1 telecast will be the nationally televised debut of heralded and undefeated 18-year-old welterweight prospect ERICKSON “The Hammer” LUBIN clashing with Mexican veteran NOE “Platanito” BOLANOS in a scheduled eight round bout.
In addition to a huge, action packed undercard, award winning rapper FRENCH MONTANA and popular Cuban reggaeton group GENTE DE ZONE will perform following the action inside the ring.
Who will win? Wladimir Klitschko or Tyson Fury?