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Mike Tyson News: The Malleable Mike

Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 @ 10:36:41 UTC by tysonian
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Source: 944
By Justin Hodge and Brandt Quinn

June 6, 2005 Notorious Mike Tyson says his reputation precedes him, but has this ultimate boxing bad boy really changed his ways?
Someone once noted that there is something of a comic book quality about Mike Tysons fights the violence is so exaggerated it has a surrealistic air. This keen observation was obviously stated by one, but noted by all, including Matt Groening of The Simpsons fame who created Dedrick Tatum, a comical figure eternally shirtless who sports the red gloves. He was also an almost insurmountable obstacle to accomplishing Mike Tysons Punch Out again represented as a half-clothed, brutal punching machine. At one point in time, almost everyone in the world was ready to anoint the man as the greatest mortal to ever lace up 10-ounce gloves, and the calling of the name Ali was becoming all but a whisper. But then the shirt did come on, in court, in prison. If we could only all remember Tyson as that topless maniac in the ring, what would be our thoughts of the man? A guy who blew through $400 million, was convicted of rape and took off a sizeable portion of Evander Holyfields ear? Or as one of the most skillful boxers armed with only fists? 944 scored an exclusive interview with the notorious figure in the middle of a training session weeks before the upcoming fight, June 17, with Kevin McBride.

944: First off, whats your prediction for the upcoming fight with Kevin McBride?
MIKE TYSON: I just hope to do well, I would like to get a knock out, but if not, I would be happy with 10 rounds.

With 44 knockouts under your belt, tell us what is it like to put a fighter flat on his back.
I dont know, you could say, Oh it feels good, but you really dont think about that. You think about doing the right moves, not making any mistakes, and all of a sudden, it just happens.

After the death of Cus DAmato you went on one of the most storied rampages in the history of boxing 16 fights, 16 knockouts, most of them coming in the first round. What impact did his death have on your career and your personal life?
It was just a big loss and a setback in my life. I know it didnt appear that way on record, but I was angry at him for a long time ? I was only 18 or 19, but I felt if he just would have gone to see a doctor, he may have been around to see me do well.

So it really made you mad that he didnt believe in getting medical attention?
Well not only that, but I really wanted him to see me do well ? This moment was something we talked about since I was 12 ? and if he hadnt been so stubborn, he might have been around to see it.

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Youve stated that youve reinvented yourself and that you are a more centered person. Do you feel the Mike Tyson who fought Holyfield was different?
I dont know. I like to think that Im more centered. I grew up a little ? and began to become more conscious of who I was as an individual. I realized I dont have to be a madman to get attention. I just feel like a lost soul ? Right now Im tryin to find myself. I was an unhappy person back then. I had a medical condition known as clinical depression. Everyone was thinking about their own best interests ? but now, I really do feel well.

One of our favorite quotes was when you referred to yourself as Mr. Mom. Take us through a day in the life of Mr. Mom.
You know, I have a very young daughter, and sometimes I dont wanna hear that crap. You know, I dont wanna hear my son calling: Hey daddy, what are you doin daddy. Im outside daddy? The same thing over and over, and Im like whoa. You know I wasnt working for a long period of time, and I was stuck with the kids, and I lost my mind for a little bit. I was just so happy that they have a mother ? Im a decent father, but Im not gonna be a great dad.

What do you think about the people who doubt you? You know, the ones who say that Mike Tyson is a has-been?
Thats OK; people are entitled to their own opinion. You know, because first people would say this and that, and I would ask, Who said that?? ? but thats all because they were insecure. Im confident with myself and who I am as a man, and um ? I dont know ? people are entitled to their opinion. I have my opinion and feelings about situations ? and so thats my entitlement as well.

So it has been rumored that Jamie Foxx is going to be playing you in an upcoming movie. What do you think about him, and do you think he has what it takes to play Iron Mike??
I love Jamie Foxx and respect him since I have seen him come from the beginning. When he was doing standup at the small black comedy shops, and he was brilliant then. Im just so happy to see him successful, and I would love to be involved with him playing my role.

Have you been approached by anybody to do reality television?
All the time ? Those guys just want to make a fool out of me, and I am not interested in being made a fool of.

What is happily ever after? for Mike Tyson? What sort of retirement do you see yourself having?
Hey, Im just happiest being with my friends and my children who care about me. Thats the only thing that matters to me; thats all that matters.

Would you ever fight Evander Holyfield again?
I dont know. Anything is possible. I think they are trying to take his license away right now, which is crazy.

Describe yourself for us in three words.
Yin and Yang.

Yin and Yang huh?
A great man! (From background) Being a great man dont mean youre a good man. Id rather be a good man than a great man ? Good men inspire great men. I always think about Charles Houston that inspired Thurgood Marshall. I bet youve never heard of Charles Houston, but you know Thurgood Marshall.

We need to brush up on our history.
Yeah, those are great people, um ? good people, good-hearted people that inspired great people.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us.
Youre welcome and God bless.

photography by King Lawrence

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