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"On his dream of a heavyweight champion at the top: 'Many people who have been around boxing all those years never had a champion, certainly a heavyweight champion .For that to happen in ones lifetime is so improbable. I got Floyd Patterson, then, here, at the age of 76, I was fortunate to come in contact with this young man who has, in my opinion, all the requirements to be a champion that I believe hes going to be, maybe the best that ever lived."

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Fan Talk: Can Mike Tyson Rekindle the Old Flames?

Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 @ 20:02:16 UTC by tysonian
By Jason Petock:
Word has it that a legendary fighter who struck terror in the fragile hearts of his opponents and was once a Showtime network regular, may resurface on the boxing scene sometime in the coming months. This man's reign was the tale that was told across the nations and beyond. During his take over and dominance of the sport of boxing, no foe stood in his way and his path was one destined for fame and glory. He achieved recognition and notoriety in his career, and his name will echo in the halls of boxing's elite for centuries to come. This once luminous talent who had the world in his grasp at one point is apparently on the comeback trail once more for one final chance at bat. The mere mention of the name "Iron" Mike Tyson conjures up a variety of emotions in us all from fear, to respect, to hope, to despair and even to loathing in some.

Time is a master of cruel jokes and is well known for waiting for no one. In Tyson's case, time was definitely on his side as a youth, but has been slipping away from him since his legal battles and untimely incarceration years ago. The man is the most discussed, most criticized and most publicized sports figure and boxer of modern times. The media hangs on his every breath and lies in wait, hoping for the next big catastrophe of news story involving Mike Tyson with an almost undeniable bloodlust at times. There are even detractors of the boxer whose sole intention is to block any shred of decency or positive characteristic that may surface of shine through Tyson's demeanor or attitude. He is an icon to some of us and a train wreck to others. However you feel about Mike Tyson, you can't help, but acknowledge his sheer impact on boxing, even in defeat and hardship.

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I can recall quite vividly as if it were yesterday where I was when Lennox Lewis stood in the ring, beating his chest over the man I had always admired and respected regardless of his shortcomings or faults in life. An acquaintance of mine had invited me, my girlfriend and a few of our friends to view the bout at his house and I graciously accepted. In the past I usually declined to watch fights with others because once the alcohol started flowing freely the voices started to elevate and I couldn't hear the fight or the commentary. It would be virtually impossible to relate this to a non-boxing pundit, seeing as most of the fair weather fans that I have known have very little knowledge, appreciation or general interest in the sport in actuality. Their interest usually extends to the flash of a fighters nickname or the sequins on his trunks in most cases I've found.

The thing I remember most as I saw Mike Tyson sprawled out on the canvas was the jubilation and ranting among many in the house. Through the fight there were two women who were far from three sheets to the wind, but who felt the need and desire to scream repeatedly, "Rapist! Rapist! Kill him Lewis!" and various other outbursts similar to that effect the entire evening. I sat quietly in disappointment and muted tongue as I wondered to myself if this truly was the end for Tyson and if so why did I have to witness it in this fashion?

To many the defeat of Mike Tyson by both Lennox Lewis and Danny Williams served as both the beginning of the end for him and his eulogy at the same time. But for those of us who support him it was more of a wake up call. It was a true realization that maybe not everything is as it seems and that boxing has changed dramatically since the imagined reincarnation of Jack Dempsey shocked us all in the arrival and form of a young Tyson in his prime.

I read a really solid interview with Buddy McGirt that informed me that Mike may return on the scene in the future. However, I don't believe everything that I read (especially if it's on the internet - present site excluded of course) and my highly acute skepticism tends to get the better of me all too often. I truly hope in my heart that he does something soon, because the Heavyweight division needs cleaning up in a major way and I believe he's just the man to do it. His actual return (with intense rededication and focus) to the boxing ranks would be just the kick in the pants that boxing needs these days.

Now I know what you're thinking and I don't necessarily blame you. You're probably saying to yourself and anyone who will listen, "Sure, we've heard this malarkey before too many times. Your boy is washed up, old news and a has-been." You're not only entitled to that opinion, but probably not alone in your viewpoints. I've been reading that same negativity about Mike Tyson for as long as I can remember so feel free to continue, because as you are most likely well aware it is a free country. Deep down (call me delusional if you must) I think he has another window of opportunity here. It is an extremely limited and rather narrow window, but it does exist. Maybe I'm just grasping at straws or being an eternal optimist when it comes to Tyson, but I believe there's something still there. There has to be.

Those of us who have a fair understanding or concept of the mechanics of boxing also know that "Iron" Mike Tyson still has all the tools and capabilities in his arsenal to still be successful in the sport. Granted, Father Time has stolen several of his finest years, but his gifts have never left him. As a youth Mike was an encyclopedia of boxing history and fact and as his new trainer Buddy McGirt has suggested accurately, "Mike Tyson is Cus D'Amato's masterpiece. Mike is extremely gifted and it's incredible to watch him." If Tyson can get his mind right, there is no doubt that he will reign supreme once more in the sport that he ruled in so long ago. I am still rooting for him and his glorious return and if enough of us believe in him I'm positive that there is nothing he can't accomplish. This isn't a pipe dream here or delirium, it's a solid request for a rightful monarch to return to his honorary throne and place in history.

It is also really a relief to see all of Mike's entourage absent from his life. It appears that Mike Tyson has returned to the Mike of old and is trying to rekindle that sensational fire he once possessed. I've read numerous times that several people feel that Tyson was only recently humbled because of his losses and bankruptcy. Now I don't know the man personally or claim to. I've never had the honor of meeting him in person. But I feel confident in estimating that the humility and gentleness that the world saw Mike Tyson express was genuine, just as his public outbursts of rage and frustration were. Few if any have heartfelt sympathy for the man and that's their right I suppose, no one can tell you who you can or can't care about in this world. But who among them, among us have walked a mile let alone a one foot in the shoes of the "Mighty" Mike Tyson (as he was also dubbed early in his career for a short time)? How many of us have experienced such betrayal and deepening loss, or had everything and then nothing? Who of us have walked onto the blood stained canvas, vulnerable and on display for the world to dissect piece by piece, and waged battle against giants of men as a boy? What right do we have to condemn or berate such a warrior? None.

Source: ringsidereport


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