USA Today: Mike Tyson gets into political ring: Famed boxer supporting former training partner’s career

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — On Saturday night, Mike Tyson will be a featured guest at a $250-a-plate fundraiser for a politician you’ve probably never heard of.

His name is Tom Patti, and he met Tyson long before “Iron Mike’’ became the most feared man in boxing.

They trained together in Catskill, New York, under Cus D’Amato, the legendary boxing trainer. Tyson wanted to become heavyweight champion of the world, and he did. Patti wanted to become middleweight champion of the world, and he never turned pro.

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