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"I've seen him take a shot, 'Said Mikes ex trainer, Kevin Rooney. 'When he was 15, he sparred with Carl [The Truth] Williams in the gym and go nailed right on the button. He walked right though it, like it was nothing.'"

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February 23, 2006 01:09 PM UTC

Mike Tyson V Mitch Green 1986

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Tyson trainer: Kevin Rooney
A snarling Tyson came to the center of the ring literally foaming from the mouth. The ever cocky Green , he always came to the ring sporting a toothpick in the corner of his mouth, barraged Tyson with insults. The action of the bout was to prove anti-climatic, Tyson as always was moving forward, but the 6'5" Green managed to tie Tyson up repeatedly. Tyson's most effective display of offense came in the third round when he landed a blow to Green's jaw with force sufficient to dis-lodge a section of bridge work and send it flying several feet to the ring apron. Through it all "Blood" Green managed to survive the ten rounds, with Tyson the clear winner.
This was not the last time Iron Mike and Blood Green would meet. In the early morning hours of August 23, 1988, Mike Tyson stopped by Dapper Dans, a Harlem clothing store frequented by a clientele from rap stars to pimps. Tyson was there to pick up a custom made jacket. Mitch Green happened to be in the area and an argument ensued, in which Green threw a punch and Tyson responded with a straight right landing on the bridge of Green's nose; requiring five stitches. Although Tyson won this second bout, shades of Walker vs. Greb, he suffered more in the long run. The bare knuckle punch resulted in a fracture to Tyson's hand causing a postponement of his scheduled first fight with Frank Bruno
Below: Mitch Green after being beaten in the streets by Tyson for shooting his mouth off rather unwisely! And Mike Tyson at a press conferance after the incedant.

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