Boxing: Iron Mike back in ring - as promoter; Mendez keeps IBF crown
NEW YORK (AFP) - Argenis Mendez retained his International Boxing Federation junior lightweight world title on Friday, with a majority draw against Arash Usmanee on the first fight card promoted by former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
Tyson, whose ring career veered from triumph to disgrace, was much in evidence at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York, in his latest incarnation as the head of Iron Mike Productions.
In the main event, Dominican Mendez retained his belt against Usmanee, an Afghan-born Canadian who was getting his first world title chance.
Usmanee was the more aggressive fighter, with one judge rewarding his relentless effort by scoring the bout 115-113 in his favour.