Published: May 31, 2005
By Andrea N. Garcia – May 31, 2005
Big thanks to our friends over at RingSideReport.com
What are the chances any one of us buying a lottery ticket and winning the highly coveted multimillion dollar prize? Although highly unlikely, we still take our chances, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. By doing this we eliminate most of the lasting impact obtained from negative surprises. Boxing fans treat “Iron” Mike Tyson’s ongoing comeback career with similar aspirations.
Sure Mike has had comeback after comeback and, in some instances, left his fans momentarily disappointed. Several viewers seem to have come to terms with nature and say he’s simply too old and past his prime. Some blame his less than “iron” performance on prescription drugs counteracting his depression and aiding in keeping him calm. Still others firmly believe Mike’s appearance in the ring resulted from insufficient preparatory training and/or a loss of personal drive. People wonder why some fans have remained so loyal despite Mike’s professional and personal shortcomings. Why do people still pay to watch a Tyson fight?
Much can be said about the youngest former Heavyweight Champion. That rings true, and so does the fact that opinions are like eye-crust; everyone has one or a few throughout the day. Some of us will look at his professional record, 50-5, 44 KO’s, and think, “what are you talking about? Look how long his career spans. He still has some juice in him!” While others can look at the same printed in black and white rebutting, “He’s lost to no-name opponents and the “iron” left him years ago. Tyson needs to retire; there’s nothing left to see.” Despite opposing views and mixed feelings, the facts remain the same; Mike Tyson will face Kevin McBride, 32-4-1, 27 KO’s at the MCI Center in Washington, DC, on June 11, 2005.
Although I cannot speak for everyone, some of us watch with the hope that, perhaps, a glimpse of the Tyson that once dominated the heavyweight division will give us a long-awaited visit. An entire match of the Tyson-that-was would bring his legacy full circle, leaving fans with insurmountable pride and joy. Alas, we’ll even settle for a round or two of classic Tyson performance. The sheer excitement, glued-to-the-TV action, and undeniable presence he brought in the ring and to the world of boxing alike, keeps us at bay with our fingers crossed and one eye open. Ultimately, we await the return, even if brief, of “Iron” Mike Tyson.
Looking at the pictures taken by Tom Casino, he appears to be in great shape, quite possibly, the best shape in recent years. Mike was quoted saying, “I can feel it . . . I am doing all the little things now in training that I should have done when I was younger”. Now is the time to make my move.” Jeff Fenech, head trainer, reassured Casino by saying, “On June 11, the world is not going to see the new Mike Tyson, but the old one.” Could it be that we will have the opportunity to not only watch, but experience the Tyson we came to know and admire? We can only hope.
Like clockwork, millions of people wake up and work relentlessly just so each of their days can be met with newfound hope to win the much-desired millions of lottery dollars. Similarly, boxing fans worldwide encounter the same motions and emotions at the announcement of any and all Tyson fights. Call us naÃ¯ve or hopeless fanatics, but nothing will quench our viewing pleasure like seeing a successful, action-packed return of the “Iron” in Tyson.