USA Boxing takes a jab at Mike Tyson over pro signings

No US boxers won Olympic medals at London last year and the lone medal from 2008 at Beijing was a bronze by Deontay Wilder. Not since reigning super-middleweight world champion Andre Ward won Athens gold in 2004 has a US male fighter collected gold.

updated: October 03, 2013 11:46 IST
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New York: Mike Tyson's signing of a US teen amateur boxing star to a professional contract has sparked verbal jabs from USA Boxing president Charles Butler after losing a top Olympic prospect.

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson, now a fight promoter, signed Erickson Lubin on Tuesday, the young prospect's 18th birthday, according to a Twitter posting by the fighter, who said, 'My pro career starts now."

Butler wrote an open letter to Tyson asking him to stop trying to lure Olympic prospects into the pro ranks.

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