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Iron Mike Productions' debut card was a smashing success. It was one of the best cards to appear on Friday Night Fights all season, and it was the best of the half dozen nationally televised cards I have covered from Turning Stone Casino in the past year.
Tyson delivered big time as a promoter of quality fights. He succeeded even more as a public personality. This entire week was all about him interacting with and entertaining the fans.
There is a lot of promise here for Iron Mike Productions to develop into a top promotional organization.
But this is boxing, where nothing is ever certain; and this is Mike Tyson, who nothing is ever certain about.
As happy as he appeared all week, it seemed to take a tremendous amount of energy for him to be the larger-than-life character he is when in public.
Tyson fairly shocked the press conference when, just before leaving for the night, he confessed, "I haven't used drugs or alcohol for six days now."
He has clearly turned some corners in his life in recent years, and by all public indications is in a much better place than he ever expected to be. But a recurring theme in his public statements this week has been to acknowledge how much trouble he has often had functioning as a person.
Perhaps it is why he takes such obvious delight in great successes like this debut card. Tyson seems genuine in his appreciation for how well things are going for him, and things are lined up perfectly for the streak to continue.
But it will mean a lot of hard work for a man who has never made any secret about finding life difficult at times.
All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.