EDT October 1, 2013 Mike Tyson was slammed by USA Boxing for signing one of its top Olympic prospects Tuesday. (Photo: Christian Palma, AP) Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson signed a top Olympic boxing prospect Tuesday Erickson Lubin signed with Iron Mike Promotions upon turning 18 Tuesday Lubin is a two-time Junior Olympic champion SHARE 51 CONNECT 34 TWEET 8 COMMENTEMAILMORE The signing of a top Olympic boxing prospect Tuesday by Mike Tyson’s promotional company prompted USA Boxing to write an open letter to Tyson asking the former heavyweight champion to stop interfering with the Olympic process and allow young athletes to follow their “Olympic dreams.” Tyson’s fledgling Iron Mike Promotions signed Erickson Lubin, who turned 18 Tuesday, to a professional contract. Lubin, a two-time junior Olympic champion from Kissimmee, Fla., was described in the letter written by Charles Butler, the president of USA Boxing, as the USA’s “best hope.” In a tweet Tuesday, Lubin said, “Officially signed to Iron Mike Promotions. My pro career starts now.” Tyson wasn’t talking, but his publicist said Tuesday there was no arm-twisting involved. “IMP (Iron Mike Promotions) and Rivalta Management signed him today on his 18th birthday,” said JoAnn Mignano. “That was his choice, nobody forced him to sign a pro contract.” PHOTOS: Mike Tyson’s career Boxing promoter Don King lifts heavyweight champion Mike Tyson after Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas. Douglas C. Pizac, AP Last Slide Next Slide Mignano and IMP publicist Bob Trieger also said that nobody complained when New York-based promoter Lou DiBella signed highly regarded 17-year-old amateur prospect Junior “Sugar Boy” Younan last month. Younan is expected to make his professional debut later this month or in early November. USA Boxing said it will pursue legislation to stop “professional promoters from attempting to sign athletes in the Olympic pipeline.” “You are offering these athletes pennies on the dollar of what they could be worth with an Olympic medal, or even potentially just being an Olympian,” Butler wrote in his letter to Tyson. “You are also undermining the next United States Olympic Boxing Team in the process.” The USA boxing program has suffered in recent years. There were no male Olympic medalists in London last year, and only one, bronze medalist Deontay Wilder, in Beijing in 2008.
KETTLER USA Sponsors Pong With a Purpose in Norfolk, VA
2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Table tennis will be the main event for three Thursdays in October in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia. KETTLER USA will join VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads and other local organizations in sponsoring Pong With a Purpose. The events will be held on Oct. 3, 10 and 17, 2013 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. KETTLER table tennis tables will be set up on the first floor of the World Trade Center, located at 101 West Main Street. The events are open to adults 21 or older, and tickets are $15 each. “Pong With a Purpose is a great opportunity for people to have fun with table tennis, meet new friends and support the Hampton Roads community,” said Stephen Mannix, vice president of KETTLER USA. “We are pleased to be the equipment provider.” “The Art of Pong” will be featured on Oct. 3. Attendees will be dressed to impress during a night of table tennis play to the tunes of the Hampton Roads Chamber Players. Talented artists from the Norfolk Art District will donate “pong” art to add ambience for the evening. “College Night,” slated for Oct. 10, is throwback night with college fight songs, table tennis and classic tunes. Event-goers can dress up in their favorite school’s jersey and ball cap.
USA officials cancel classes, postpone presidential search forum for Moulton memorial (photos)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS Australian wine mogul Bob Oatley has announced plans to enter a team in the America’s Cup The vintner filed his challenge to the Golden Gate Yacht Club Oracle Team USA are the defending champions of the elite sailing trophy The Americans fought back to defeat Emirates New Zealand (CNN) — Australian tycoon Bob Oatley is turning from wine to water as he announced his intention to build a team to challenge defending America’s Cup champions Oracle Team USA. The renowned vintner filed his intention to challenge for the 35th edition of sailing’s blue ribbon event Monday. Oatley — a man who is described as “as famous for his wine as he is for sailing” — lodged his intent with San Francisco Golden Gate Yacht Club. The club is classed as the “defender and trustee” of the trophy after its team, owned by American billionaire Larry Ellison, won the 34th America’s Cup last Wednesday. Oracle Team USA staged a magnificent comeback from 8-1 down to sail to a 9-8 win over Emirates New Zealand to claim the oldest trophy in sport. The American boat was packed with an international crew and skippered by Australian Jimmy Spithill. A Comeback for the Ages The sailors who race the America’s Cup Oatley said seeing what the sailors from the southern hemisphere achieved on the waters of San Francisco Bay persuaded him it was the right time to enter an Australian team to challenge Team USA. “Given Australia’s previous success in the America’s Cup, the Admiral’s Cup and Olympic yachting, and as proud Australians, we think it is time for our nation to be back in our sport’s pinnacle event,” Oatley said. “The recently completed America’s Cup in San Francisco has revolutionized the sport for sailors and fans, and we were excited to see how many Australians played key roles on the teams and in the regatta organization.” Oatley lodged his entry through the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. The entrepreneur owns the island off the east coast of Australia and has taken to the waters with great success, seeing his crews win the Admiral’s Cup and consecutive Sydney to Hobart yacht races. Details on the dates and venue for the next edition of the America’s Cup are due to be published in the first few months of 2014.
28, at his home in Daphne. According to university officials, classes have been cancelled from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday so students and faculty can attend a public memorial for Moulton which will begin at 4 p.m. in the Mitchell Center arena on campus. His widow, Geri, will receive guests immediately following at the same location. A candlelight vigil was held at the Moulton Bell Tower on campus on Monday evening. Also the third and final public forum in the universitys search for Moultons permanent replacement, scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, has been postponed, officials said. The forum was to feature Dr. Arthur J. Ross III, dean of the School of Medicine at West Virginia University, who was also to meet with several campus groups before the public meeting. A new schedule has not been announced for the introduction of Ross who, along with finalists Jerome Gilbert and Sheri Noren Everts , is vying for the USA presidency. Everts is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Illinois State University, while Gilbert is provost and executive vice president at Mississippi State University.