‘Meeting Tyson was best experience of my life’
A TRALEE man has described the moment that he met former world heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson as the best experience of his life.
James Coffey, a very talented boxer in his own right, said it still hasn’t sunk in yet that he was able to meet his life-long hero in person.
James travelled to Dublin with his mother Nora and his sister Linda where Tysonwas appearing at The Helix in Dublin.
“I’ve studied him all my life, watched him in movies, watched his boxing career, watched him in everything,” James told The Kerryman this week.
“So, to be in the same room as him and be able to walk up to him, shake his hand, put my arm around him and take a photo with him, it was just unbelievable,” he continued.
James said that the atmosphere at the event was electric and the way that he was treated by everyone there was amazing.
Not content with meeting just one big name on the day however, James also chatted and got a photo with Joe Egan, a close of friend of Tyson’s and once described as “the toughest white man on the planet”.
“Joe Egan is one Mike’s best friends and when I met him in the VIP room, I just started chatting to him and we were soon laughing and joking like old friends,!
I saw Mike looking over and he was probably wondering what the hell we were laughing at,” James finished.
Tralee’s James Coffey proudly poses with a photo of himself with his hero Mike Tyson, whom he met at the Helix Convention Centre in Dublin last Friday.