Mike Tyson Info

Posted on January 28, 2009 @ 2:23 am
by Denise I Smithson

Mike Tyson: Triumph and Tragedy

Few athletic figures in recent decades have captured the public’s attention, for better or for worse, than Mike Tyson. At his best, Mike Tyson was one of the most feared boxers of all time. He won many a fight before stepping into a ring from the complete and utter fear that gripped his opponents at the thought of meeting this compact, muscle bound, wrecking ball of a man. At his worst, he has been in and out of jail, battling drug addiction and generally causing an unwanted havoc both in and out of the ring.

Mike Tyson’s Rise to Stardom and the Heavyweight Championship

Mike Tyson as a youth was a notorious troublemaker, being arrested literally dozens of times through his early adolescence. Discovering boxing and his innate talent for it though, changed his life around gave him a focus and a drive to achieve. These traits were also imparted unto him by legendary trainer Cus D’Amato. D’Amato was more than a boxing trainer for Tyson, he was a life coach, and his guidance and role model status meant everything to Tyson. Later, it would be the death of D’Amato, the only man left trying to reign in the “Baddest Man on the Planet”, that would help contribute to his rapid and tragic fall from grace.

But all of this was still ahead of Tyson, who was quickly gaining a reputation as a fearsome puncher and a future champion. He disposed his first 19 opponents by knockout, the majority of which were finished in the first round. After winning the title, Tyson remained very active, defending his title and acquiring other title belts in quick succession. The man seemed to be unbeatable, and untouchable.

The Beginning of the End

Tyson’s loss in the tenth round of a hard fought match against James Buster Douglas which marked the beginning of the end for the boxing icon. Tyson lost his title and the air of invulnerability which had theretofore surrounded him. Not long after, Tyson would be in prison after committing rape.

Tyson’s return to boxing was something which many, not only boxing fans had been eagerly awaiting. He quickly won a title belt on his return to the sport; but a match which saw Tyson against Evander Holyfield was the event which really marked his downfall as a serious contender in the field of boxing. Holyfield took Tyson down in the 11th round. There was a rematch of the bout, in which as everyone knows, Tyson bit a chunk out of Holyfield’s ear, leading to his disqualification. There have been minor comebacks, major defeats such as that seen in his demolition by Lennox Lewis and he has come to be seen by many fans as a sad case.

Mike Tyson Today

Mike Tyson is most famous today for having a tribal tattoo on his face and repeatedly getting into trouble. He has been charged with possession of drugs and been in and out of rehab trying to get his life together. Rumors of another comeback routinely surface, igniting some people to nostalgically wish for the chance to see a former great heavyweight find the magic once more and other people standing in line, waiting to see the inevitable train wreck. Publicly, Tyson has shown remorse and shame for many of his actions, and acknowledges that he is in a work in progress, trying to find his way in the world. What that world has in store for Mike Tyson, nobody would be wise to try to predict.

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