‘Meet­ing Tyson was best ex­pe­ri­ence of my life’

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By FER­GUS DEN­NEHY

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.

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