Mike Oliver’s last bout was 20 months ago in Puerto Rico, a loss to Juan Manuel Lopez on a technical knockout in the second round.
Oliver, a Hartford featherweight, needed time to recuperate from that fight. He rested his body and mind, stepping away from the sport that consumed his life.
Curtis Jackson III — otherwise known as a rapper 50 Cent — announced Wednesday afternoon that he will be the promoter for the ESPN “Friday Night Fights” show at the Connecticut Convention Center on July 5th which will feature “Machine Gun” Mike Oliver, one of the Hartford and New Haven boxers on the ticket. The event is billed as “50 Cent’s Birthday Bash” because it comes the night before the rapper turns 38. To read Paul Doyle’s story or see more photos…“I’m back,” Oliver said as he took the microphone. “I’m really back, I’m really hungry.” The statement generated a smile and laugh from 50 Cent and Mike Ciscio of SMS Promotions while Oliver’s trainer Sammy Vega leans out to get a photo.
Hartford boxing legend Marlon “Moochie” Starling was on hand to offer any help he could to 50 Cent.