6:40pm Friday 23rd May 2014
By Ross Heppenstall
Bradford fight fans are being offered the opportunity to meet boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather when he arrives in West Yorkshire next month.
The 37-year-old American is embarking on a UK-wide tour which comprises six dates, the third of which will take place in the Centenary Pavilion at Elland Road on June 21.
Mayweather is believed to be the highest-paid athlete in the world, with a stunning record of victories in every one of his 46 professional fights.
His visit to Leeds will see him give him an anecdotal account of his long career and a question-and-answer session.
There will also be a jazz band, comedian, auction and raffle, while fans will have the opportunity to meet Mayweather and have their picture taken with him subject to availability.
The night is being organised by OlexyFresh Promotions Limited, based in Sowerby Bridge.
Spokesman Stephen Oleksewycz said: “This is a total once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet one of the greatest boxers in the history of the game; currently unbeaten and world champion five times.
“He is the highest-paid athlete in the world, so this is an amazing coup for us as a company.
“We are very proud to be bringing such a high-profile superstar to West Yorkshire. I know Bradford fight fans love their boxing and I’m sure they will relish the opportunity to meet a true great of the sport in Floyd Mayweather.
“There is no doubt the event will sell out, so I would urge fans to book their tickets as soon as possible.”
Mayweather will have his next fight on September 13, ruling out a potential meeting with Amir Khan.
Fresh from beating Marcos Maidana and unifying welterweight titles two weeks ago, Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe confirmed a to-be-determined opponent.
Khan, who impressed on the Mayweather undercard with an excellent win over Luis Collazo, is unable to fight in September because he observes Ramadan.
Ellerbe said: “Floyd will go on September 13 and we’re looking at who he’s going to fight and where he is going to fight.
“Obviously, Las Vegas is his home and the MGM Grand is always the leading candidate, but we will take a look at our other options.”
Ellerbe added the undefeated Mayweather has no intention of moving the date to face Khan.
Further information on the event is available at www.olexyfresh.com or by calling 01133-280207.
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