Iron Mike to meet Nielsen in Copenhagen


COPENHAGEN, Reuters

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will fight Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen on September 8, Danish promoter Mogens Palle said on Tuesday.

“I expect to receive the contract signed by Mike Tyson by tomorrow at the latest,” Palle told Reuters. “We agreed on the final details late last night.”

Last week representatives from U.S. cable television company Showtime, which owns the rights to all Tyson fights, were in Copenhagen to inspect possible venues for the fight and selected Denmark’s national stadium Parken.

Danish tabloid Ekstrabladet earlier reported that Tyson would get around 50 million Danish crowns (US$5.9 million), while Nielsen, who has a 62-1 record against relatively low-grade opponents, would make around six million crowns from the match.

Palle declined to comment on the financial details of the contract.

Nielsen was originally scheduled to meet champion Hasim Rahman in mainland China in August, but promoter Don King later chose Nigerian David Izon as Rahman’s opponent after Nielsen was dubbed “Danish pastry” by the media.

In June, a U.S. District Court judge prohibited Rahman, who knocked out British former champion Lennox Lewis in April, from fighting anyone else for the next 18 months unless he gave Lewis a rematch, which is now under negotiation.