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Suicide Mission

I know I talk alot about suicide bombers. But check this out for a suicide mission (taken from The Age, June 23 2003):

In an unscheduled preliminary to the world heavyweight championship fight in Los Angeles, three spurned autograph seekers took on Mike Tyson in a Brooklyn hotel lobby early on Saturday. Big mistake – everybody lost.

Police said the former heavyweight champ was standing in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel at 5.30am, waiting with his sister for a ride to a local airport to catch a connecting flight to the Lennox Lewis-Vitali Klitschko title fight in Los Angeles.

Just then, two men and a woman returned to the hotel, drunk, after a night on the town, a police official said.

When they asked the former champion for his autograph, Tyson refused and took an escalator up one level, sources said. The three followed.

“There is a verbal exchange,” said the official. “One of the males (later identified as Samuel Velez, 22, 162 centimetres, 111 kilograms) makes overtures that he has a gun. Tyson knocks him out.

“The other male (identified as Nestor Alvarez-Ramos, 24, 172 cm, 72 kg) picks up an object from the hotel lobby (a stanchion that holds a velvet rope) and swings it at Tyson. He misses.

“A melee ensues. The woman (identified as Thamara Ocasio, 27, the wife of Velez) jumps in,” the official said.

No boxing match.

In an instant, the 36-year-old champ (182 cm, 104 kg) and the two men are rolling around on the floor of the hotel lobby, flailing away at one another.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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