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Fan Talk: The Dream of Tyson Lives On

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005 @ 14:05:13 UTC by tysonian
Source: fightkings
By Michael Amakor

On Saturday June 11, Iron Mike Tyson received another humiliating shocker to his well publicized comeback, in a bout were he was supposed to win, he got
repeatedly cloned by punches that felt like the whole of Ireland hitting him on the chin by underdog Kevin McBride who pressured him into quitting on his stool at the end of the sixth round convinced that there was no way to get past the colossal force in front of him. Before the fight we caught a glimpse of the old Tyson uttering vile invectives about the Cloned Collossus?Kevin McBride describing him as a tomato can.? Im gonna gut him like a fish". When harangued by his critics he exclaimed People, they call this a circus, I'm not a circus, I'm an icon, further firing away "I'm an international superstar, if they don't know my name they're from another planet." Which made us all reminiscent about past bombast from a younger Tyson who once declared There is not a man alive today that can beat me?? Everybody was pumped up and excited because this was the trash talking Mike Tyson we had come to love and we all jumped on the roller coaster ride predicting all kinds of victorious scenarios against McBride.

Unfortunately, this comeback turned into another disaster as the exertion of fighting at this level, at this stage of his career was too much for Iron Mike Tyson to handle and he quit the fight on his stool. Going by his past antecedents we have come to expect him to knock everybody out, but those days are long gone, it is now time to gut it out, something he would have done if he had not gotten derailed all these past years. So what if you lose a fight, you suck it all up go back to the gym to fine tune your skills for the next fight with the conviction that it will never happen again. George Foremans comeback in 1987 was no easy task either as he fought over twenty opponents before gaining a title shot against Evander Real Deal? Holyfield in 1991, he lost that fight but went on to later beat Michael Moorer for the WBA Heavyweight title.

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So you can imagine my rage when Tyson degenerated into
giving us another one of his self pitying tirades
about how he no longer had it in him to continue
boxing post fight, repeatedly hinting at retirement
and all that. It is not the first time that I have
been exasperated by not only Mike Tyson himself, but
by boxing fans and critics alike in their theories
about fighters leaving the sport with his legacy
intact supporting as he claims that he will not
disgrace the sport by continuing. But Tysons legacy
will forever remain intact, as nobody can downplay his
past achievements, his story will just simply be told
in two segments ?? Pre- Douglas and Post Douglas. We
should be aware that hasty pronouncements about Tyson
can break his spirit and derail the Baddest man on the
planet onto the frightful path of permanent
retirement, We cannot allow this to happen as he has
no other apparent skills to fall back on, it is quite
possible that he will self destruct and end up like
the late great Sonny Liston as he once foretold, so we
better start beating the war drums to stop him from
doing so in spite of himself.

Our expectations in the McBride fight underscores the
poor analysis we received from most boxing analysts
and armchair experts who led us on. Scant attention
was paid to potential or to the fact that he was once
a former or current champion of a less coveted belt
otherwise known as trinkets out there. We paid for
this so it is now time to change that mentality about
how trinket holders are perceived because the won
these belts in competitive fights. In my opinion these
champions are on the same level as any of the
champions of the more recognized IBF, WBA,WBC or WBO
titles simply because they have benefited from the
politics of the game and Don Kings control of the
division, if not how does one explain Andrew Golota
getting three title shots in a row. Just think about
it for a minute, boxing would be a joke if anybody
including a 39 year old Tyson could come back from
oblivion and knock out a live 32 year old former IBC
Heavyweight Champion who outweighed him by more than
30 pounds, Tyson definitely had this ass whopping
coming and we should have known better as he made the
same mistake in his previous fight against former WBO
Intercontinental, WBU International and British
Heavyweight Champion Danny Williams.

It must be bewildering to Tyson as it is too me, that
both comebacks have ended disastrously in spite of his
seemingly intensive training regimen he underwent to
prepare for these fights, he will always be
disconsolate until he is made to understand that he is
coming back to the ring against fighters now way above
his skill level. Period He should follow the example
of Shannon Briggs who continued his comeback against
Abraham Okine a fighter with only about 15 fights
under his belt, he scored a couple of knockdowns
en-route to knocking him out in a move that has
inflamed interest in his desire to fight back to the
top of the division. A fatal mistake by Tyson on the
comeback trail has been his long standing break up
with legendary promoter Don King, who has been
bragging to anybody who cares to listen ever since
how, Tyson made much more money under him, he has also
pointed out how Tysons career has spiraled downhill
due to poor management. After excavating through
Tysons history, have to agree with the King.

It is very important to note that Tyson has been
terribly mismanaged by a team of senseless
opportunists who know nothing about the sweet science
and have taken Tyson on a roller coaster ride of
inglorious disasters. In light of his age and lack of
real experience recently, he should have matched
against fighters from the very lower echelons of the
division, his team could have picked virtually any
opponent for Tyson to fight as boxing fans simply
wanted Mike to make a comeback in knockout fashion.
Instead the selected able fighters in their prime and
have served u poor boxing fans who have eeked out the
ridiculous pay per view fees a saddening feast of
Mike Tyson getting humiliated for no reason.

However, he better get his game in order, because
there is still more loot on the table along with
several dream fights to be made. Already I can hear
the whispers for a trilogy against Evander Holyfield,
soon after that fight the drums will start beating for
a Bronx Heavyweight title fight against Riddick Big
Daddy? Bowe. These fights could happen in the future
as Holyfield is still determined to once again become
the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Bowe
is back to prove something, and Tyson needs to pay off
his numerous debtors. Tyson should realize there will
be no escape from his debtors who will still have to
be paid but not with the ill gotten loot, he will be
forced to get his bad ass back into the gym and work
up a sweat to rid himself of the laziness that has
characterized his efforts since getting out of jail
back in 1995 to prepare himself for another well
calculated comeback.

Through some extraordinary event which I will explain
at the conclusion of this article, I was commissioned
to be the team manager of this project, my first
recommendation to Tyson was to advice him to stop
being the humble and polite man he is now and revert
to the terror he once was in and out of the ring,
dont you know you are losing your hard core fan base,
I snap.

Secondly, I tried everything to help him regain the
satanic rage that he channeled into destroying his
opponents in ring, he figured he needed to regain the
anger at an establishment that punished him at the
slightest provocation. To help with this I arranged
for him to hang out and train with his age mate
current Undisputed Middleweight champion Bernard The
Executioner? Hopkins, a hard working, mentally tough
fighter, in and out of the ring, and whose rage
against the system still burns strong through numerous
defenses. Even right now he plans to take on even more
fearful lions like Jermain Taylor instead of retiring
like Lennox Lewis after Vitali Klitchko, and besides
the can swap prison jokes and rail against the system

My next act was to strengthen his training camp by
adding Big George Foreman to the team as mentor, I
also delicately maneuvered Tyson into a position where
he made and offer, which his former trainer Kevin
Rooney could not refuse in the manner meant when
employed in the Godfather I movie, Kevins soul
consolation was that he had the right to a pull a gun
on Tyson whenever he deviated from the agreed training
program or missed even a single appointment.
Tyson also went ahead to re-hire the services of
Steve? Crocodile" Fitch, his former sun-glassed loud
mouthed, trash talking oratorical speaker to
intimidate everybody. My joy knew no bounds when in an
unprecedented move he had a reunion with Don King
publicly forgiving each other for all sins both real
and imagined. The King of course was gracious and
became so excited that he immediately began a campaign
of monumental proportions to clear the way for a title
shot and like the King will tell you anything is
entirely possible in America.

Granted Tyson will be a shadow of himself as he barely
gets past these mediocre opponents even losing a few
fights down the road, but boxing fans must as a matter
of principle urge him on until one a champion lulled
into a false sense of security about his press
clippings will step into the ring against the BADDEST
man on the planet for a record purse and boxing

Everything will go according to his plan until some
time in the third round when, an angry and victimized
Mike Tyson suddenly unleashes a vicious uppercut deep
down from the depths of hell packing all the fury of
all his ex-wives and tribulations? in slow motion the
world will watch as the referee slowly waves off the
fight in horror as the fans at Madison Garden rise up
and go completely berserk because Mike Tyson is the
undisputed champion of the world. All of a sudden Mike
Tyson got hold of the microphone and began ranting
about how he has changed his mind and will now eat all
of our children.

My children, all of a sudden I was rudely awaken from
my slumber as I realized that I had just had a
nightmare or was it a dream, I was still pondering
this question by press time.

Punch On

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