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Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera and Mike Tyson, the ‘explosive encounter’ in California between the current UFC fighter and the legendary boxer | Other Sports | Sports

Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera and Mike Tyson, the ‘explosive encounter’ in California between the current UFC fighter and the legendary boxer | Other Sports | Sports


It was a historic meeting between the best representative of Ecuador in the UFC and the world boxing legend. Marlon Chito Vera, an Ecuadorian mixed martial arts fighter who stands out in the bantamweight category, coincided with the controversial boxer Mike Tyson at the RVCA Gym facilities in the city of Costa Mesa, California (USA).

Chito Vera, 29 years old and born in Chone (Manabí), published the photo with Iron Mike, 55, from Brooklyn (New York) on his Twitter social network account.

In the post he wrote: “The tiger of the universe. Was a pleasure meeting @miketyson and chat with him. (The tiger of the universe. It was a pleasure meeting and chatting with Mike Tyson.)” In this publication he did not give more details about their meeting.

Tricolor, top 5 in the UFC

Last Monday, May 3, Chito Vera achieved that position in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) company, after savagely beating the American Rob Font in the main event fight of the UFC Vegas 53 event.

Vera, who was in eighth position, moved up three places in the 135-pound ranking.

Controversial former world champion

He twice won the world heavyweight title in the 1980s and is the youngest fighter in history to do so. At just 20 years, 4 months and 22 days old, on November 22, 1986, he lifted the WBC (World Boxing Council) belt against Trevor Berbick.

Then he managed to unify all the crowns against champions James Smith (WBA) and Tony Tucker (IBF). After several defenses, Mike was defeated by James Buster Douglas in 1990.

He has been out of the ring as a professional for 17 years after a loss against Irishman Kevin McBride. He concluded his career with a balance of 50 wins and 6 losses, with 44 knockouts; while his rival, who last fought in February 2018, has a record of 66-9, with 47 knockouts.

On June 28, 1997, in the ring of the MGM in Las Vegas, Mike was the protagonist of one of the most repudiated events in boxing history. During the fight with Evander Holyfield he bit off part of her ear.

It was the rematch that Tyson had asked for against Holyfield, who had beaten him by technical knockout in November 1996. It was seen as a fight to show that Tyson could still be the top champion in the heavyweight division again, as he did. in 1986, at the age of 20. (D)

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