At 90 years of age, Don King is still promoting boxing.
The highly controversial figure first came to prominence in the sport back in 1974, with the legendary ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman being his first major event.
48 years on, King’s endured his fair share of scandals having been sued by several boxers – most famously Mike Tyson – with many of them alleging that he defrauded them.
Remarkably though, at 90, he is still involved in the sport and set to stage a show this weekend.
King now promotes American heavyweight Trevor Bryan, who holds the lesser WBA ‘regular’ belt in the division.
Oleksandr Usyk is the true WBA heavyweight champion, but the ‘regular’ belt could become a pathway to a shot at the Ukrainian in future.
On Saturday night, Bryan is set to defend it against Britain’s Daniel Dubois.
Unexpectedly, King outbid Dubois’ promoter Frank Warren and won the rights to stage the fight.
It is set to take place in Miami, Florida with Dubois and his team having flown out to the US.
On Wednesday King hosted a press conference to preview the fight, which turned out to be one of the most bizarre boxing pressers of all time.
The 90-year-old initially struggled to get out of his seat, and then stood for an hour straight during which he spoke passionately about an eclectic series of topics.
King’s own speeches amounted to about 30 minutes in total.
He covered everything from the war in Ukraine, a potentially devastating nuclear World War III, the Queen of England’s platinum jubilee, US school shootings and, of course, a little about Dubois and Bryan.
Dubois is the heavy favourite to beat Bryan and deliver a result that would leave King without any remaining boxers of note on Saturday night.
If this happens, then time will tell if he can bounce back once again.
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