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My short Bio of mike tyson...
April 13, 2011
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ALL THIS IS STRAIGHT FROM MY HEAD THAT IVE LEARNED AFTER STUDYING HIS CARREER AND PERSONAL LIFE FOR AGES. OBVIOUSLY I CANT WRITE EVERYTHING IM JUST GONNA SUM UP THE IMPORTANT THINGS.
I DECIDED TO DO THIS BECAUSE I WANTED TO TEST MY KNOWLEDGE BASE WITHOUT DOING RESEARCH DURING THE WRITE UP.

MIKE GREW UP IN THE BROWNSVILLE SECTION OF BROOKLYN NEW YORK. HE HAD BEEN ARRESTED 38 TIMES BY THE TIME HE WAS 12 YEARS OLD, IN 1980 MIKE WAS IN A JUVENILE DETENTION CENTRE WHEN HE LEARNED THAT FORMER FIGHTER BOBBY STEWART WHO WORKED THERE RAN A SMALL BOXING CLASS IN THE JUVI WHICH WAS FOR THE BAD LADS TO RELIEVE TENSION, YOUNG MIKE ASKED STEWART TO TEACH HIM TO BOX, AFTER SOME DELAY BOBBY LET MIKE SHOW HIM WAT HE COULD DO AND BEING THOROUGHLY IMPRESSED WITH HIM BOBBY CONTACTED CUS D'AMATO AND THEY ARRANGED TO BRING MIKE DOWN TO CUS’S GYM IN CATSKILL. A 13YEAR OLD, MIKE SPARRED 3 ROUNDS WITH BOBBY, AND CUS WATCHED HIM, AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FIGHT, HE MADE THIS INCREDIBLE PREDICTION, HE CLAIMED THAT THE 13 YEAR OLD MIKE TYSON WOULD ONE DAY BE THE NEXT GREAT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD’'. AFTER THAT CUS DECIDED TO BRING HIM INTO HIS HOUSE TO LIVE THERE SO HE DIDN’T HAVE TO GO BACK TO BROOKLYN AND COULD SPEND ALL HIS TIME TRAINING. MIKE WAS VERY RAW AND PROVED TO BE AN EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT OF BOXING, CUS BECAME MIKES FATHER FIGURE, HE LOVED CUS, AND HAD THE UTMOST RESPECT FOR HIM.
CUS TAUGHT MIKE THE PEEK-A-BOO STYLE OF BOXING IN THE CATSKILLS GYM, WHICH IS A GREAT STYLE AND PERFECT FOR A SHORT STOCKY GUY LIKE MIKE. CUS WAS AN AMAZING TRAINER WHO DIDNT ONLY TEACH TECHNIQUE BUT ALSO TAUGHT HOW TO MENTALLY PREPARE FOR A FIGHT. HE TAUGHT HIS FIGHTERS HOW TO CONTROL FEAR AND HOW TO USE FEAR TO YOUR ADVANTAGE, HE WAS A GREAT MAN WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY MANAGED MANY FIGHTERS BEFORE MIKE INCLUDING JOSE TORRES AND HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION FLOYD PATTERSON. NOW TYSON WAS AS BIGGER FIGHT ANALYST AS HE WAS FIGHTER AS CUS PROVIDED MIKE WITH A SECOND TO NONE TEAM OF EXPERTS WHO HE SELECTED TO MANAGE AND COACH MIKE TYSON, KEVIN ROONEY, A FORMER FIGHTER UNDER CUS WHO CUS SELECTED TO BE THE TRAINER FOR MIKE, BILL CAYTON MIKES MANAGER, AND JIMMY JACOBS TYSONS CO-MANAGER, AMONG OTHERS WHO DESERVE CREDIT. JIMMY HAD ONE OF THE LARGEST COLLECTIONS OF FIGHT FILMS FROM THE LAST CENTURY AS HE WAS A BOXING HISTORIAN AND NARRATED MANY OF THE OLD FIGHTS RESTORED. EVERY NIGHT AFTER TRAINING, FOR YEARS TYSON WOULD LISTEN TO CUS AS HE PLAYED ALL THE OLD FIGHTS ON REEL AND HE WOULD TALK OVER AND OVER AGAIN ANALYSING EVERYTHING THEY DID. THIS WENT ON EVERY NIGHT FOR 6YEARS WHILST CUS WAS ALIVE. TYSON AT THIS POINT HAD COMPLETE TOTAL AND UTER DEDICATION TO HIS FIELD OF EXPERTISE, BOXING, MORE DEDICATION THAN MOST IF NOT ALL FIGHTERS IN HISTORY
AT CUS D’AMATOS FRAGILE AGE OF 77, AND WITH HIM CAUGHING UP BLOOD IN THE HOUSE HE SHARED WITH THE FIGHTERS HE TAUGHT, HE AND TYSON DISCUSSED TIMES WHEN HE WANT GOING TO BE AROUND, AND CUS TOLD TYSON HOW HE WOULD GO ON WITHOUT HIM AND FULLFILL HIS DESTINY, THE PLAN FOR TYSON FROM THE BEGINNING, AS DISCUSSED BY HIS TEAM, WAS TO GO DOWN AS THE GREATEST HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHTER OF ALL TIME, BREAKING ROCKY MARCIANOS RECORD OF 49-0, TYSONS PLAN WAS TO RETIRE AROUND 1995 WITH SOUND MIND AND BODY WITH HIS UNDEFEATED LEGACY BEFORE HIM. MIKE HAD THE POTENTIAL TO DO THIS, BUT MANY FACTORS ENSURED THAT EVENTS POST HIS WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN LONGER PRIME, PUT HIM IN THE EYES OF MANY AS MUCH LESS GREAT THAN HE WAS.
A FEW FACTS.
TYSON WAS ROLLING OVER EVERYONE THAT WAS PUT IN FRONT OF HIM AND WAS CONSIDERED UNBEATABLE BY 1987. NO-ONE STOOD A CHANCE WITH HIM. THE LATE 80'S WAS TYSONS ERA OF DESTRUCTION.
CUS DIED IN 85 IN TYSONS 1ST YEAR AS A PRO WHEN HE WAS 10-0 WITH 10 KNOCKOUTS.
MIKE WON THE TITLE ON NOV 22ND 1986 AT THE AGE OF 20 BECOMING THE YOUNGEST CHAMPION OF ALL TIME, BREAKING A RECORD HELD BY FLOYD PATTERSON, (ALSO TRAINBED BY CUS) WHO WON IT AT 21.
JIMMY JACOBS WHO TYSON HAD GROWN VERY CLOSE TO OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS DIED IN 88.
TYSON MARRIED ACTRESS ROBIN GIVENS IN FEB 88. DON AND ROBIN BOTH WANTED CONTROL OF MIKES MONEY, JIMMY JACOBS DEATH LEFT A SPACE OPEN FOR SOMEONE TO EXPLOIT. MIKE WAS CONVINCED INTO FIRE KEVIN ROONEY HIS ORGINAL TRAINER, THIS WAS MIKES BIGGEST MISTAKE IMO. ROBIN AND MIKE DIVORCED IN LATE 88 OR EARLY 89 WHICH REALLY HURT MIKE.
BY THIS POINT MIKES HEAD WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND THE DEDICATION OF THE YEARS BEFORE HIM WAS NOT THERE, HE WAS STILL WINNING FIGHTS BUT HIS PERSONAL LIFE WAS UNRAVELING.
BY THE TIME OF MIKES 1ST DEFEAT HIS ORIGINAL TEAM WHICH HAD DONE SO WELL BY MIKE HAD BEEN SPLIT APART.
BEFORE THE DOUGLAS FIGHT MIKE TYSONS RECORD WAS AN OUTSTANDING 37-0 WITH 33 KNOCKOUTS. PRIOR TO THIS NEXT FIGHT IN JANUARY OF 1990, MIKE HAD NEVER EVEN APPEARED TO BE HURT IN ANY FIGHT HE HAD BEEN IN, NEVER DROPPED NEVER SHOOK, HE WAS RARELY HIT AND HAD AN IRON CHIN.
AT THIS POINT MIKE HAD AN AURA OF INVINCIBILITY AND HE HIMSELF BELIEVED HE COULD NOT BE BEAT. AS A RESULT OF THIS HE WASN’T TRAINING HARDDDDD LIKE HE WAS AND WASNT TAKING BOXING OR HIS OPPONENTS SERIOUSY AT ALL.
BUSTER DOUGLAS WAS A 42-1 UNDERDOG IN THE FIGHT AND IT HAS BEEN CALLED THE GREATEST UPSET IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPORT. DOUGLAS FOUGHT A PERFECT FIGHT THAT NIGHT FOR NUMEROUS REASONS I WONT GO INTO.
AFTER A SLUGGISH TRAINING REGIME WHICH CAN BE SEEN IN CLIPS, MIKE GOING OUT TO SOCIAL EV ENTS AND AUTOGRAPH SIGHINGS RATHER THAN TRAINING, HE LOST TO BUSTER DOUGLAS IN JAPAN IN JANUARY 1990, MIKE GOT HAMMERED IN THE FIGHT AND GOT KNOCKED DOWN AND OUT IN THE 10TH ROUND, THIS WAS THE 1ST TIME HE HAD EVER BEEN KNOCKED DOWN IN HIS ENTIRE CARREER. IN THE DOUGLAS FIGHT HE WAS HIS CAREER HEAVYIEST WEIGHT, SUGGESTING A RELAXED TRAINING REGIME IN THE CONTROL OF DON KING.
AFTER THE LOSS, MIKE BEGAN HIS WAY BACK TO THE TITLE AND FOUGHT 4 MORE TIMES IN 4 IMPRESSIVE FIGHTS WHERE HE SEEMED TO HAVE SORTED HIMSELF OUT. BUT IN 1992 I THINK JAN 92 HE WAS SENT TO PRISON FOR RAPE, FOR WHICH THERE WAS NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE FOR WHATSOEVER AND THE CASE WAS DECIDED ON MIKES STATEMENT IN COURT ALONE. WHICH ALL THE EVIDENCE SUGGESTS HE DIDN’T COMMIT THE CRIME… ]
MIKE WAS SCHEDULED TO FIGHT EVANDER HOLYFIELD IN 1991 BUT HE FIGHT WAS POSTPONED AND THEN TYSON WAS JAILED SO IT COULDN’T HAPPEN. IF HE HAD FOUGHT HOLYFIELD HERE, BEFORE PRISON, HE WOULD HAVE BEAT HOLYFIELD I BELIEVE.
TYSON AFTER PRISON WAS NOT THE SAME. I DON’T LOOK AT POST-PRISON TYSON AND TAKE IT SERIOUSLY, BECAUSE ONCE HE HAD COME OUT, HIS BOXING SKILLS HAD DIMINISHED A LOT, HE DIDN’T TRAIN AS HE DID OUTA PRISON FOR HIS WHOLE 3.5 YEAR SENTENCE, AND UPON COMING OUTA JAIL HE USED WEIGHT TRAINING RATHER THAN JUST HIS BODYWEIGHT AS HE DID BEFORE, HE STILL HAD THE POWER AFTER PRISON, BUT NOT THE SAME SPEED HE HAD BEFORE, NOT TO MENTION HOW MUCH HIS MENTALITY HAD CHANGED.
ALLLLLL THE BAD INTERVIEWS AND EAR BITINGS AND LOSSES TO HOLYFIELD LEWIS WILIAMS AND MCBRIDE CAME WAY AFTER PRISON. I MEA N WHEN HE FOUGHT LEWIS HE WAS 36 YEARS OLD, WILLIAMS 37 AND MCBRIDE 40 YEARS OLD. DO THE FUKIN MATH WILL YA IN HIS PRIME HE WAS UNSTOPPABLE.
IT WAS A WHOLE RANGE OF FACTORS THAT MADE TYSON, FOR THOSE FEW YEARS, THE ULTIMATE HEAVYWEIGHT, HE HAD COMBINATION PUNCHING SO FAST AND POWERFUL THAT IT WAS UTTERLY DEVASTATING; HE HAD THE ABILITY TO HAVE FIGHTERS SHOOK WITH FEAR BEFORE THEY FACED HIM. HE HAD SECOND TO NONE STAMINA WHICH SOME PEOPLE DONT REALISE AND WHEN THEY CLAIM HE RUNS OUT OF STEAM OF 5 ROUNDS IT ANNOYS ME, BECAUSE IN HIS PRIME TYSON SHOWED HIS HAD GREAT STAMINA AND WAS STILL ABLE TO COME UP WITH FLURRIES IN THE 1OTH AND 12TH ROUNDS. IN HIS PRIME WENT THE DISTANCE 3 TIMES WITH TILLIS, GREEN, AND TUCKER. WI9NNING 34/36 ROUNDS.
IMO HE WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST, HIS WILL, FROM 85 - 88 WAS INVINCIBLE
QUOTE BY CUS D'AMATO ON TYSON...
‘A boy comes to me with a spark if interest, I feed the spark and it becomes a flame, I feed the flame and it becomes a fire, I feed the fire and it becomes a roaring blaze’’.
MIKES LIFE DEMONSTRATES THE ULTIMATE HIGHS AND LOWS AN INDIVIDUAL CAN GO THROUGH, IF YOU REALLY ANALYSE HIM AND ALLOW HIM TO REACH YOU, YOU REALISE THAT HE IS A COMPENDIUM OF WHAT THE HUMAN BEING IS CAPABLE OF, NONE OF US ARE FIT TO WIPE HIS ARSE AFTER THE LIFE HES HAD, AND LETS NOT FORGET, HES ONLY 44!!!!! .....

HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED THE BIO, THANKS FOR READING. : )
😀 🙂

Iron mike - G.O.A.T 86-88

June 17, 2012
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Greg,I enjoyed reading your Bio of mike tyson...I'm just so sad that my husband never seems to get mentioned at all and he worked so hard with Mike many, many, years ago. His name is Cliff White, he was an amateur boxer. He would ride down to the Catskills with Matt Baranski and spar with Mike, this was way back in 1987. I'll never forget how many weekends, he would give up to help out this young kid in the boxing ring. Mike Tyson once told Matt Baranski that he hated to get out of bed on Saturday mornings, because he used to spar with White. My husband used to keep Mike Tyson moving fast in the ring.
Cliff would come home all excited to tell me that this young boy, would someday become the greatest boxer in the world. Some how Cliff was forgotten about, which he only tells me how sad it makes him feel. My one big wish is someday that Mike Tyson will come and visit Cliff, I know how happy that would make him!!! He really enjoyed helping Mike out back in the day!

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