Kumite 1 League with Mike Tyson – Press Conference
Kumite 1 League is held tonight (September 29) at Dome at NSCI SVP Stadium in Mumbai. The inaugural event features a live scoring MMA competition between teams India and UAE. Former undisputed heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson attends the event as a special guest.
The official launch and press conference was conducted on Friday.
“Hi, I’m just very grateful to be here. This is my first time in India,” said Mike Tyson in his opening speech. “I am very excited about being here, this is something I never dreamed of before. I am just happy to be here and I look forward to going to the fight. I wish to both the best [sic] teams, the best man wins, or woman. Thank you.”
When asked about his thoughts about the concept of Kumite 1 League, Iron Mike said “it’s awesome”.
“I think it’s awesome, the competition between the two countries. And I think they should always continue to have something like that, cause that’s really awesome for inspiration for your country.”
Among everything, talking the most difficult opponents he faced inside the square circle over the course of his career as a professional boxer, Tyson said there were “sure quite a few”. He named “really tough fighters” Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Donovan “Razor” Ruddock, Buster Douglas. He has also weighed-in the current heavyweights Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua, with the latter being on top of the list.
When asked if a boxing matchup between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was “something credible” for him, Tyson said that it was a good fight and he was entertained.
The main card at Kumite 1 League comprises six bouts follow a five-fight preliminary card. The lineup can be found below.
Bantamweight Mohd. Farhad vs. Abdel Malek
Strawweight Priyanka Jeet Toshi vs. Fatemeh Moslemi
Bantamweight Kantharaj Agasa vs. Amr El Shanshaury
Lightweight Paulo Silva vs. Leandro Silva
Welterweight Hayder Hassan vs. Hemant Wadekar
Middleweight Antonio Gordillo vs. Dmitriy Batok
Lightweight Hardeep Rai vs. Mohamed Fawaz
Featherweight Sumeet Khade vs. Fazal Rabi
Bantamweight Nelson Paes vs. Ahmed Aldarmaki
Bantamweight Yadwinder Singh vs. Khalid Alraimi
Flyweight Govind Ale vs. Mohamed Gamal