Controversial visit of Mike Tyson 'massive success'

Mike Tyson with Kenny Rainford and his sons Michael and Lee during visit to Wirral

Mike Tyson with Kenny Rainford and his sons Michael and Lee during visit to Wirral

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BOXING legend Mike Tyson’s controversial visit to Wirral was a “massive success,” according to organisers.

The event which was held on Sunday, saw the heavyweight champion drop in to a Wallasey boxing gym to meet youngsters and offer expert advice.

Following the announcement that the self-styled "Baddest man on the planet" was to visit the borough, local councillors joined forces to try to stop it from going ahead.

Councillors Steve Williams and Chris Blakeley argued that he was not the right person for young people to look up to.

However organiser Kenny Rainford said the event went “very well” and that any opposition to Tyson did little to keep people away.

He said: “Mike was received with open arms and the controversy surrounding his visit only promoted it further and attracted more people.

“He had one-to-one sessions with people and offered them tips and advice – he was very caring towards them.

“Mike admits that he has done things wrong in his life but he managed to get back on the right road and is very inspirational.”

As part of his visit, Tyson called in to Wallasey ABC Gym and also hosted a lunch at the Devonshire House Hotel in Liverpool.

And Kenny is now hoping to welcome the boxer back to the area in the near future.

He added: “Mike had the time of his life here and we are already planning a special benefit dinner for next year.

"If you ask anyone who came on the day, they will tell you how great it was to meet him.”

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12:32pm Fri 12 Oct 12

don't look back in anger says...

If Jimmy Savile was still alive, Mr Rainford would probably tried to get him on a tour. A sex offender is a sex offender no matter what. Would these people welcome Tyson if he'd raped a member of their family. Tyson has been kicked out of Australia and New Zealand this year for what he's done.
If Jimmy Savile was still alive, Mr Rainford would probably tried to get him on a tour. A sex offender is a sex offender no matter what. Would these people welcome Tyson if he'd raped a member of their family. Tyson has been kicked out of Australia and New Zealand this year for what he's done. don't look back in anger
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12:53pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Positive thinker says...

Was listening to City Talk Radio last night and Pete Price was saying Jimmy Saville was a nice chap what planet are these people on?I agree with you one a beast always a beast
Was listening to City Talk Radio last night and Pete Price was saying Jimmy Saville was a nice chap what planet are these people on?I agree with you one a beast always a beast Positive thinker
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1:27pm Fri 12 Oct 12

pooboy says...

Let us remember the "man" is a convicted rapist.He also bit off part of a mans' ear in a boxing match witnessed by youngsters seeking an inspirational figure.
What an example the borough of wirral has given by welcoming him with open arms.
Rainford says people were pleased to see him and welcomed him.That's celebrity status for you nowadays,get a picture with a freak show and put it on facebook.Rainford also seems to gloat that the controversy brought more people out to see him.
I'm sure he will be very happy if one of his owns when he's older sexual attacks someone,bites someones ear off,just as long as he is the heavyweight champion of the world......Maybe after his sons' prison sentence he can organise a benefit dinner for his "poor misundrstood young man".Some role model father that is!!
Let us remember the "man" is a convicted rapist.He also bit off part of a mans' ear in a boxing match witnessed by youngsters seeking an inspirational figure. What an example the borough of wirral has given by welcoming him with open arms. Rainford says people were pleased to see him and welcomed him.That's celebrity status for you nowadays,get a picture with a freak show and put it on facebook.Rainford also seems to gloat that the controversy brought more people out to see him. I'm sure he will be very happy if one of his owns when he's older sexual attacks someone,bites someones ear off,just as long as he is the heavyweight champion of the world......Maybe after his sons' prison sentence he can organise a benefit dinner for his "poor misundrstood young man".Some role model father that is!! pooboy
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1:41pm Fri 12 Oct 12

don't look back in anger says...

Why did wirral council allow this visit too happen and why was Tyson allowed to work with kids as a sex offender. What ever happened to a valid CRB. All the gyms he visited and closed down for allowing this too happen, because they had failed in there safeguarding of the kids.
Why did wirral council allow this visit too happen and why was Tyson allowed to work with kids as a sex offender. What ever happened to a valid CRB. All the gyms he visited and closed down for allowing this too happen, because they had failed in there safeguarding of the kids. don't look back in anger
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1:51pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Positive thinker says...

IT'S CALLED LACK OF EDUCATION
IT'S CALLED LACK OF EDUCATION Positive thinker
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6:54pm Fri 12 Oct 12

King Tut says...

don't look back in anger wrote:
Why did wirral council allow this visit too happen and why was Tyson allowed to work with kids as a sex offender. What ever happened to a valid CRB. All the gyms he visited and closed down for allowing this too happen, because they had failed in there safeguarding of the kids.
Unfortunatly he didn't need a CRB check, its only needed when you have unrestricted access or in a position of responsibility, all that was needed was a risk assesment by the person responsible for child protection. The Criminal Records Burearu has nothing to do with WBC, and orginising checks unless they were orginising the event. The CRB is a central government agency
[quote][p][bold]don't look back in anger[/bold] wrote: Why did wirral council allow this visit too happen and why was Tyson allowed to work with kids as a sex offender. What ever happened to a valid CRB. All the gyms he visited and closed down for allowing this too happen, because they had failed in there safeguarding of the kids.[/p][/quote]Unfortunatly he didn't need a CRB check, its only needed when you have unrestricted access or in a position of responsibility, all that was needed was a risk assesment by the person responsible for child protection. The Criminal Records Burearu has nothing to do with WBC, and orginising checks unless they were orginising the event. The CRB is a central government agency King Tut
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7:25pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Positive thinker says...

Before long someone will be promoting
Gary Glitter at the Floral Pavilion
Before long someone will be promoting Gary Glitter at the Floral Pavilion Positive thinker
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8:21pm Fri 19 Oct 12

craigot89 says...

Wonder why Steve Williams and Chris Blakeley didn't oppose former UVF commander David Hamilton visiting the Wirral this week. Double standards anyone...
Wonder why Steve Williams and Chris Blakeley didn't oppose former UVF commander David Hamilton visiting the Wirral this week. Double standards anyone... craigot89
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