VERONA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes shared the Showroom stage at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Wednesday, as part of the "Kings of the Ring" event. The two ex-fighters, who faced each other in the ring back in 1988 spoke about their careers, the sport and each other while also taking questions from fans in attendance.
They also had an improptu sing-off, to The Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." Both Tyson and Holmes are former inductees of the Boxing Hall of Fame, who will hold its 2014 Induction Ceremony this Sunday in Canastota, and they each talked about their most memorable fights. Holmes said it was his title fight against Ken Norton in 1978, which he won by decision. Tyson shocked the room by saying his upset loss in 1990 to James "Buster" Douglas was his most memorable, as it made him a better person.
The two also spoke of their mutual admiration, with "Iron" Mike saying: I have the most profound veneration for Mr. Holmes and I'm just happy to be here with him. When I saw him driving in his car it threw me off seeing him drive, imagine him driving on the street and he parks the car and (someone says) 'What the Larry Holmes is right there!' That must've happened a few times." Holmes talked of how neither has any ill will of the other: "It's great to look back and reminisce. Fighters don't have animosity toward each other. If they do, they don't have a good heart. Whatever happens in the ring, it's either him or me and that's the way it is."
Tyson will be at Turning Stone all weekend, with his "Iron Mike Productions" Promotion putting on a show this Friday night at the Event Center that will once again be televised as part of ESPN's Friday Night Fights.