Cliff Couser

Tyson’s Brother to Make MMA Debut on May 12

Fightfest will present to Canton fans the cage fighting debut of Mike Tyson’s half-brother on May 12 at the Civic Center.

Cliff “The Black Bull” Couser has carved out a successful career as a boxer, and he will compete in mixed martial arts (MMA) for the first time in Canton.

In the boxing ring, Couser has defeated James “Quick” Tillis and Jorge Luis Gonzalez. He also portrayed Tyson in the HBO film “Don King: Only in America.”

Couser will face an Akron boxer who has already made a successful jump to MMA. Joe McCall debuted with a TKO win over Tim Coon in just over a minute.

In another featured fight, Hector “H-Train” Munoz will put his World lightweight title on the line against Corey Garner. Munoz has headlined Fightfest shows in his home state of Texas, and this title defense will mark his Canton debut. Garner has built a case for his title shot by winning five of his last seven fights.

Also, the band Saliva will play at 7 p.m. before the fights get underway at 8. Saliva is best known for their hits “Click Click Boom,” “Always” and “Your Disease.”

Fans who have been watching Fightfest on SportsTime Ohio will see the final matches of three weight-class tournaments.

At 185 pounds, Cleveland’s Matt Masterson will battle Rhomez Brower. Alonzo Martinez will face Waylon Lowe for the 155-pound title. Arman Loktev of Cleveland will try to win the 145-pound crown with a win over Brandon Garner.

Canton fans will also get to see some of their favorite local amateur fighters, including Terry Blackwell, John “The Bullet” Fields, Brian Hensley, John “Mongoose” Myers, Zach Sutek, and John and Justin Simms.