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REMEMBERING CUS D’AMATO!

On November 4th, it will have been 21 years since the death of Cus D’Amato – a man who helped alter the future of the sport and who developed some of the greatest fighters in history. To remember this legendary trainer we would like to point out to the Tyson Quotes section to read some of Cus D’Amato’s words of wisdom and remember the great man and brilliant trainer/manager he was.
Cus D’Amato on how the recognition and acknowledgement of fear is the crucial lesson he taught and was ignored by other trainers:
Fear is the greatest obstacle to learning in any area, but particularly in boxing. For example, boxing is something you learn through repetition. You do it over and over and suddenly youve got it. ?However, in the course of trying to learn, if you get hit and get hurt, this makes you cautious, and when youre cautious you cant repeat it, and when you cant repeat it, its going to delay the learning process?When they?come up to the gym and say I want to be a fighter, the first thing Id do was talk to them about fear?I would always use?the same example of the deer crossing an open field and upon approaching the clearing suddenly instinct tells him danger is there, and nature begins the survival process, which involves the body releasing adrenalin into the bloodstream, causing the heart to beat faster and enabling the deer to perform extraordinarily feats of agility and strength?It enables the deer to get out of range of the danger, helps him escape to the safety of the forest across the clearing?an example in which fear is your friend.
The thing a kid in the street fears the most is to be called yellow or chicken, and sometimes a kid will do the most stupid, wild, crazy things just to hide how scared he is. I often tell them that while fear is such an obnoxious thing, an embarrassing thing?nevertheless it is your friend, because anytime anyone saves your life perhaps a dozen times a day, no matter what how obnoxious he is, youve got to look upon him as a friend, and this is what fear is?Since nature gave us fear in order to help us survive, we cannot look upon it as an enemy. Just think how many times a day a person would die if he had no fear. Hed walk in front of cars, hed die a dozen times a day. Fear is a protective mechanism?.By talking to the fighters about fear I cut the learning time maybe as much as half, sometimes more, depending on the individual.?

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Source: fightnews
By Lisa Scott
4 November 2005

Often referred to as the Vince Lombardi of boxing, D’Amato achieved accolades for his work with Floyd Patterson (at the time, the youngest heavyweight champ at 21 years old after knocking out Archie Moore) and Jose Torres (who beat Willie Pastrano in 1965 for his light heavyweight title). However, D’Amato is best known as the savior of a 13 year old Brownsville, NY street hoodlum and creator of the most destructive fighter the heavyweight division has ever known – ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson; the youngest heavyweight to be crowned champ at the delicate age of 20.

Born Constantine D’Amato on January 17, 1908 in the tough Classon Point section of the Bronx in New York, he was one of eight children (all brothers) whose parents arrived in America from Italy in 1899. Raised during the Depression, in an all male environment (D’Amato’s mother died when he was 4 yeas old), D’Amato wanted to be a boxer like his older brother Jerry. With his brother’s gym bag slung over his shoulder, D’Amato would accompany him to the gym (St. Nicks’ on 125th St.), absorbing as much knowledge as he could. But those dreams of becoming a professional prizefighter were derailed when at 12 years old, D’Amato engaged in a street fight with an adult man, which resulted in permanent blindness to D’Amato’s left eye.

Nevertheless, D’Amato remained active in boxing and in 1939, co-founded the Gramercy Gym where he developed a stable of tough young boxers. One of them being Rocky Graziano, a fighter D’Amato developed as an amateur and expected to manage upon turning pro. However Graziano chose to enlist another manager, as well as a silent partner who reportedly had mob connections. The situation with Graziano was D’Amato’s first taste of how bitter the sport could be and that ‘stealing’ fighters was a frequent and customary practice.

Incidentally, Gramercy Gym has since been torn down to make way for an appliance store. Yet in recognition of his achievements, the city of New York honored D’Amato after his death with a street sign (Cus D’Amato Way) at the gyms former location (14th street and Irving Place).

While D’Amato and his gym were gaining credibility, he was drafted into the Army in 1942. Upon his return to civilian life in 1945, D’Amato met Camille Ewald, a Ukrainian girl whose sister was married to D’Amato’s older brother Rocco. Ewald became D’Amato’s devoted and lifelong companion and eventually came to public attention as the woman who ran the huge house in Catskill and who Tyson lovingly referred to as his ‘white mother.’ Since D’Amato and Ewald never married and D’Amato never fathered children, they looked upon the young fighters living in their house as offspring. Especially Tyson, whom they both legally adopted when he was 15. At the age of 96, Ewald died in her sleep at home in 2001. She is buried next to D’Amato in a cemetery in Catskill.

After fighting for his country in WWII, the advent of another war was about to begin for D’Amato – a war with the International Boxing Club. For 11 years (1952-1963), D’Amato fought a dangerous battle against the IBC, an organization that gained strength in the late 1940’s by monopolizing professional boxing within the United States. Fronted by a legitimate businessman (Jim Norris, a multi millionaire who owned the Detroit Red Wings, various stadiums and arenas as well as a substantial amount of stock in Madison Square Garden), the IBC was actually controlled by organized crime, namely by Frank ‘Blinky’ Palermo and Frankie Carbo (a member of Murder, Inc., and a mobster who achieved widespread notoriety as the underworld’s ‘Commissioner of Boxing’). One example of the deviance committed by the IBC occurred in 1947, when Jake LaMotta was forced to take a dive against Billy Fox in order to get a shot at the middleweight title. LaMotta eventually got that shot two years later (against Marcel Cerdan 1949).

By controlling the fighters and titles, the IBC was able to reap tremendous benefits, especially when it came to the prestigious heavyweight title. Thus, when D’Amato led Patterson to the heavyweight championship in 1956, D’Amato refused to deal with promoters affiliated with the IBC. Having ‘The Champ’ (whom the public wanted to see) enabled him to call the shots and work with legitimate promoters. It was a bold and daring stance in an environment wrought with collusion and chicanery. But D’Amato’s tenaciousness paid off and Patterson became the first fighter to earn a million dollar purse. Eventually, the IBC was investigated by the Senate (Estes) Keefauver Committee and the extent of the corruption was revealed. The IBC was ruled a monopoly and forced to disband, and Carbo was jailed for 25 years.

Soon after, D’Amato found his way to Rhinebeck, NY to train heavyweight Buster Mathis. When his association with Mathis ended, D’Amato sold his Gramercy Gym for $1 (yes, 1 dollar) to trainers Bob Jackson and Al Gavin (the famed cut man who is recently deceased), and moved to the economically depressed town of Catskill where he opened the Catskill Boxing Club above a police station on Main St., in 1970. Because the IBC was reputed to have mob connections, and some of the ‘people’ that were ‘involved’ were still around… D’Amato chose to leave NYC. Of his decision, D’Amato was quoted as saying: “I wasn’t paranoid. I just assumed that they would hurt me if they could, and I acted accordingly.”

Ewald and D’Amato then bought an old 2 story, 13 room Victorian mansion. The house is a few miles away from the gym and is situated on the beautifully scenic Hudson River and located off a clandestine road where it’s secretly tucked away at the end of a treacherously long, narrow and winding dirt path. After Ewald’s death, the house was sold to a lawyer from NYC.

D’Amato’s intentions were simple – to help troubled and underprivileged kids straighten out their lives through boxing. Among them was 19 year old Kevin Rooney, a 1975 NY Golden Gloves champ and product of a broken, alcoholic home in Staten Island. Rooney became a loyal and dedicated student of D’Amato – who (after his death) passed the torch on to Rooney and who later led Tyson to a championship. To this day, Rooney operates the Catskill Boxing Club and carries on the D’Amato tradition of training anyone who steps through the gym doors… for free.

By opening his home to these kids, D’Amato hoped to not only develop a fighter, but a person of character as well. All D’Amato asked for in return was for them to contribute to the upkeep of the house. With D’Amato’s vast knowledge of boxing and the financial backing of his good friends Bill Cayton and Jim Jacobs (2 savvy businessmen and boxing enthusiasts), a great collaborative effort was firmly in place in the quiet confines of Catskill, NY.

Then late in October of 1985, a year before Tyson claimed the heavyweight title from Trevor Berbick, D’Amato collapsed at a boxing convention in Upstate NY. He was hospitalized in Albany and diagnosed with having a rare form of pneumonia. At the behest of Jacobs, D’Amato was then transferred to Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC where Doctors induced coma to combat his illness. Having never emerged from that coma, D’Amato passed away on November 4, 1985 at the age of 77 of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis. The pall bearers at D’Amato’s funeral included: Jim Jacobs, Floyd Patterson, Jose Torres, Mike Tyson, Kevin Rooney and Jay Bright.

Fightnews wishes to remember D’Amato and his accomplishments in the sport of boxing by speaking to two people who knew him best and who remained loyal to his teachings: Kevin Rooney and Steve Lott. This is what they had to say:

Kevin Rooney:

“I met Cus through a friend of mine, Brian Hamill. After I won the Golden Gloves in 1975, some people approached me and wanted me to turn pro. But Brian suggested that I call up Cus first. So I did. I went up to Catskill and Cus was waiting for me at the train station. Being that I had just won the Golden Gloves… I was a little cocky. But I was never cocky with Cus. The minute I first met him, I remember thinking to myself: ‘You know something, this is one old man I wouldn’t want to mess with!’ Being the little punk that I was, I would think anyone over 50 years old… I could take ’em.’ But Cus was 66 or 67 then, and you could sense that he had this power. He had a strength… a vibe in him. He was definitely someone you couldn’t mess around with… or you’d go down for the dirt nap. (Laughs) Anyway, I sparred with a couple of his guys and we went back to his house to talk. He said that if I wanted, I could come up there and live for free room and board. All I had to do was train and do chores around the house. But, I had a really good Federal job on Staten Island that would have turned into a career. So, there I was – 19 years old with a big decision to make. I thought: ‘I don’t want to be 35 years old and say I shoulda done this or that.’ So I quit my job and moved into his house.

“Cus was an honest person who never cared about money. If he had it, he’d give it to you no matter what. That’s the kind of person he was. He always told me that money meant nothing. Money is for giving away. Cus always said: ‘If you have a friend, a real friend… someone who will stand by you no matter what, AND someone you can TRUST… THAT’s more valuable than money. Cus valued friendship above anything else.

“Back in the 1940’s, Cus kept the Gramercy Gym open 364 days a year. On the 365th day, he would always give a Christmas party for all the kids in the gym and would buy them presents. There’d be food and drinks too. But one particular year, Cus was broke. He didn’t have a dime in his pocket. He said ‘What am I gonna do?… I have to give the kids a party.’ Just then, some person showed up and gave Cus $100. Cus had loaned the guy the money and he came by to pay it back! Since he was dead broke, Cus could’ve spent the money on other things for himself, but he spent the money on a party for the kids.

“I remember when Cus would go to the fights, he put on his old brown suit that was probably 20 years old, but it looked good on him! He was a trainer, manager, savior of kids and a gentleman. And… a DIGNIFIED gentleman at that. Even in an old suit, he looked classy.

“Cus grew up in the early 1900’s, during the depression. He said it was wild during that time. Because people were out of work, they were just hanging out on the street. They were out of work, had no money and they were begging. Thousands of people! Back then, people more or less did what they wanted and they’d get shot just for looking at someone the wrong way. Especially by the cops! There were no rules. If you got caught doing something, you’d have to fight your way out of it… or get killed. People didn’t respect the cops and his brother Jerry was known for beating them up! He was a boxer and Cus would follow him to the gym and carry his gym bag. But one day, the cops got fed up with Jerry and felt he was someone they had to eliminate. Jerry got smart one time too many and they shot him dead. Left him in the gutter. Cus was 17 years old when that happened and he witnessed the whole thing. Jerry’s death affected Cus so much that he rarely talked about it. And for Cus not to talk about something…. well.

“When Cus was 4 years old, his mother died. So he was raised by his father who had an ice and coal business. The one thing Cus always told me about his father… he always provided and there was always food on the table. They always had a big meal for dinner, no matter how hard times were. Him and his brothers always ate. In fact, Cus felt it was better to have food than money. As long as your belly was full, you could perform… so that you could earn a living.

“Cus cleaned up boxing and he never got any credit for it. He broke the hold that the mob had on boxing, and there hasn’t even been a book written on him about it! Back then it was like Caesar and Rome. The mob controlled everything. You couldn’t do anything without talking to them. But Cus had the brain and the balls to say, ‘Wait a minute, this isn’t right!’ So, he took it upon himself to change things.

“Cus was a very smart man, even though he only made it to the 8th grade. He educated himself at the NY Public Library over there on 42nd St. He read about history, psychology and so many other subjects. Education was a big thing for Cus. In fact, he TRICKED ME into going back to school. He told me, ‘You know… it’s boring around here during the day. There’s nothing to do. Maybe you should go to college. You can meet girls over there!’ So, I went to college and got a 2 year degree in Social Science. As for Mike Tyson, people have said that Cus didn’t care about Mike’s education… that all he cared about was making him a champ. But that’s all BULLSHIT! One day Mike got into some trouble in the lunchroom. Someone antagonized him and he flipped over a table. He got suspended from school. That’s when Cus hired a private tutor to work with him for 4-5 times a week.

“Bobby Stewart was trained in the D’Amato style. So he brought Tyson over from Tryon (school for boys) so that Cus could have a look at him. Bobby and Mike sparred for 3 rounds. When the sparring was over, Cus stood up and said ‘There’s the next heavyweight champion of the world.’ I went over to Cus and said, ‘Cus, listen. You better check this guys age out. He doesn’t look like he’s 13. He looks like he’s 18, 19 or 20!’ So Cus checked it out and found that Mike really was 13. Mike was so tough that Bobby had to work out in order to hang in there with him.”

“When Cus went to the juvenile courts to tell them he would look after Tyson, they more or less told Cus, ‘Yeah. O.K. Let’s see what you can do with THIS guy. You took on Rooney, but THIS one is different.’ When Cus got Mike, he built up his self esteem. When Mike won the Golden Gloves, he had huge banners put up on Main St. By doing that, Cus was building confidence within Mike… saying: ‘You can be somebody!’

“Because no one could hang with Mike in the gym… sparring-wise, Jimmy and Bill had to hire sparring partners for Mike. So… one day, this guy comes into the gym. He’s 6’4”. The bell rings for the first round and Mike goes out there ripping shots. The guy is moving around and boxing a little bit. Then Mike nails him. The guy… now this is a PAID sparring partner… it’s his first day… he throws up his hands like, ‘I surrender!’. He hops out of the ring, takes his gloves off, grabs his gym bag and walks right out the front door. He said ‘That’s enough… I’m not sparring with THIS guy! I’m not getting paid enough!’ He doesn’t even ATTEMPT to get paid for anything! I look at Cus and Cus looks at me. We just shrugged our shoulders and laughed. We never saw the guy again.

“There was another sparring partner. I forget what his name was. But it was a Saturday night and he goes out into town to have a few beers. Now… Cus would let you go out. But he would tell you to be home by 10 or 11 o’clock. After that, he would lock the house down. But THIS guy… he comes home at 3-4 in the morning. He’s banging on the door and the windows, trying to get in. Cus comes down with a RIFLE! The guy is still on the porch, banging on the door. Cus points the rifle at him and says ‘You better get out of here, or I’ll kill you.’ So the guy took off and went into the carriage house (which was another building on the estate) and fell asleep in there. The next morning… he was gone. Long gone.

“Before he died, Cus told Jimmy: ‘Make sure Mike will always have money.’ So Bill and Jimmy set up a tax free account that enabled Mike to get $250,000 a year… tax free… for the rest of his LIFE! So if Mike lived to be 100, he still would have gotten $250,000 a year… TAX FREE! But, Don King made him turn in that policy to pay for the lawyers who represented him in that bogus rape trial! A rape trial where Mike had a TAX LAWYER to defend him! You don’t hire a TAX lawyer for a rape case… you hire a RAPE lawyer. Hell, I could have defended Mike and gotten him off!”

“Cus was a fighter all the way up until the end. Even though he was in a coma, he was shaking his head ‘No.’ Like he was telling the Doctors, ‘No, don’t give me that… Don’t put that in me… Leave me alone!’ A few days later, Cus died.

Steve Lott (camp coordinator for Mike Tyson):

“Cus tried to rise to a very high level of thinking power in each of the disciplines of boxing: Teaching and Managing. In the teaching area, which he studied intensively, Cus knew there was the psychological aspect and how important the emotional status of a fighter was. He knew fighters were not robots, but were humans and they had fear and doubts like anyone else.

“Which brings to the subject of head movement. The slipping, weaving and punching from angles. The effect of that is, when an opponent throws a punch, the D’Amato fighter slips it and counters while the opponent is still open. After that happens a few times, psychologically… the opponent says ‘What the hell is happening?… This hasn’t happened to me in the gym or in other fights before.’ Then suddenly, the opponent stops throwing punches. No one knows why, not the trainers nor the people watching the fight. ‘The opponent begins to think, ‘I can’t hit this guy… If I can’t hit him, then I can’t win.’ Psychologically, he throws in the towel. So, it’s more than just head and body movement. It’s psychological.

“If you go to any gym in the world, you’ll see a trainer standing next to his fighter… who is hitting the heavy bag hard and with tremendous combinations. He looks good doing it, but the kid never moves his head. They shadow box – never moving their heads. Trainers nowadays don’t use those types of training methods. They just tell the kid to go in their and fight. That’s why fights are so boring today. The fighters know that when they get into the ring… they’re gonna get hit. So, they just peck and peck and peck. In their heart, they KNOW they don’t have any defense. So what happens is, they take a position opposite each other… just out of contact range. That’s why fans say ‘C’mon, lets see some action!’ Fighters don’t want to get into contact range, nor do they want to initiate, because the moment they do, they get hit. Once in a while you get a tough son-of-a-gun who doesn’t care about getting hit and he comes in. He’s an exciting fighter. But the object in boxing is to be able to hit your opponent without getting hit yourself. Of course the kids today are tough. They’re courageous and they’re disciplined, but they’re not being shown how to move their heads. Cus’ style was distinctive. When you see a kid, with his hands up, chin down, slipping and weaving… you say, ‘That’s the Cus D’Amato style!’ With any other trainer, the fighters all look the same.

“And, Cus created the ‘number system.’ In every sport, there is a science involved. There are plays like they have in football and basketball. In baseball, the coaches use sign language to communicate to his players. Cus said, ‘There should be that type of system in boxing… I’ll put together a number system so my fighters can learn to throw combinations by numbers, and immediately at ringside, they can be called upon.’ It’s not only LEARNING about technique, its also about HOW to use the technique and WHEN to use the technique.

“As for the managing side, what Cus did for Floyd Patterson, by pulling him out of the IBC tournaments in the mid 50’s, was a tremendous move. After beating Archie Moore for the championship, Cus had Floyd fight (Ingemar) Johanssen instead of the IBC’s contenders. Had Floyd fought their contenders, he never would have made the millions that he did fighting Johanssen at the Polo Grounds. So, the combination of teaching and the gymnastics of the business – those were the blueprints that made Cus different from everyone else. To this day, Cus’ methods aren’t understood by other trainers… except of course Kevin Rooney. Other trainers have no idea what Cus was talking about, nor do they even know that these psychological principles exist.

“Before the Ali-Foreman fight in Zaire, Ali came to Jim Jacobs’ apartment to watch some films of Foreman. And, Cus was there. After they finished watching the films, Ali asked Cus ‘What do you think?’ Cus said, ‘You’ve gotta go out there and hit Foreman with your best shot… right away. He’s under the impression that you can’t punch! You’ve gotta show him, right off the bat that you CAN punch. That’s it. You don’t have to do it for the rest of the round.’ Sure enough, that’s what Ali does and he surprises Foreman with it. That was the moment that Ali gained the psychological edge.

“If Cus had not moved up to Catskill and remained in NYC or opened a gym in Brooklyn where kids could train for free, he would have created 20 world champions.”

Cus D’Amato’s words of wisdom:

“They say I ‘mold’ a fighter, but no. I help him mold himself. I bring out with him qualities that he has buried deep down, that many times he doesn’t know he has. My job is to discover and uncover, bring ’em to the surface slowly or quickly, dependin’ on how much dirt is layin’ on top of ’em. When I bring ’em to the surface, I not only become fully and completely aware of ’em, but the fighter does too.”

“The first lesson I teach these kids before I teach them to box is a lesson about Fear, about what Fear is and why we have it. Fear is like a fire. If you control it, as we do when we heat our houses, it is a friend. When you don’t, it consumes you and everything you do and everything around you.”

“I am a professional. My commitment demands of me… my pride. Everybody sets his own limitations on himself. I set no limitations on myself, except to do the job that I commit myself to do.”

“I deal in minds and emotions.”

“There is no such thing as a natural puncher. There is a natural aptitude for punching and that is different. Nobody is born the best. You have to practice and train to become the best.”

“A boy comes to me with a spark of interest and it becomes a flame. I feed the flame and it becomes a fire. I feed the fire and it becomes a roaring blaze.”

“Mike’s (Tyson) punch is like an atomic bomb in that it is relative to nature. Both have no value unless you have a means of conveying it to the target. He is boxing-smart.”

“When a fighter no longer wants to fight, he finds a convenient corner to lie down in. It’s all psychological.”

“Any kid coming here (Gramercy Gym) for the first time who thinks he wants to be a fighter, and who makes the climb up those dark stairs, has it 50% licked, because he’s licking fear.”

“People who are born round don’t die square.”

“No matter what anyone says, no matter the excuse or explanation, whatever a person does in the end is what he intended to do all along.”

“Heroes and cowards feel exactly the same fear. Heroes just react to it differently.”

“There are no stupid people. There are only uninterested people.”

“People, especially if they come up in a rough area, have to go through a number of experiences in life that are intimidating and embarrassing. These experiences form layer upon layer over their capabilities and talents. So your job as a teacher is to peel off those layers.”

“People talk about boxing as a ‘brutal’ sport. If fighters got hit as often as people think, they’d all quit.”

“With fear, a man becomes emotionally tired and when he is afraid, he has no faith in himself.”

“I believe nature’s a lot smarter than anyone thinks. During the course of a man’s life he develops a lot of pleasures and people he cares about. Then nature takes them away one by one. It’s her way of preparing you for death.”

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Mike Tyson World Tour: Mike Tyson versus Corey Sanders pictures

Mike Tyson’s world tour kicked off Friday at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, with the former heavyweight champion sparring four rounds with Corey “T-Rex” Sanders. Sanders entered the ring wearing headgear, while Tyson did not use headgear. The fighters used 16-ounce gloves and wore t-shirts. Tyson dropped Sanders in the opening seconds and pressed the action throughout. Sanders seemed to have little interest in trading punches and virtually all the good connects were made by Tyson. Sanders’ knees were buckled by a Tyson right in round three, and Tyson landed a big right hand in the fourth. No decision was rendered, because it was an exhibition bout.

Update: added 20 more pictures to a total of 32 pictures.

More pictures and quotes available in the extended section of this post (click ‘Read More’ below).

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson smiles as he enters the ring for his exhibition bout against Corey Sanders in Youngstown, Ohio, October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz

Additional photos by Joe Bada . AP Photo/Tony Dejak

Ringside report by Brady Crytzer, Antonio Castro and Josh Womack
The Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio played host Saturday to the inaugural exhibition bout of Mike Tysons World Tour where, in front of nearly 4,000 fans, the former heavyweight champion of the world went four rounds with veteran Corey T-Rex? Sanders.

The question hung in the air, almost as heavy as the anticipation for the actual fight: What is to be expected? Would the Mike Tyson of old reappear in stunning fashion?

And: What is an exhibition,? anyway, and what exactly are the rules?

As opponent Corey T-Rex? Sanders made his walk to the ring it appeared as though more inquires were raised than explained. Brandishing a navy blue t-shirt and 16-ounce gloves, Sanders signaled proudly to the crowd, crowned unexpectedly with black, protective headgear.

Whispers of Hes going to need it,? could be heard through the stands.

The fans began to cheer wildly as Tyson made his way to the ring wearing his trademark black trunks and, to everyones relief, noticeably lacking headgear. Iron? Mike, smiling ear to ear, met in the ring with deafening cheers.

The men met in the center of the ring where Sanders, despite his nearly eight-inch height advantage and 50-pound weight advantage, was slammed with a hard combination of short punches to the body followed by a blasting overhand Tyson right to the head that dropped him to the canvas.

Though visibly dazed, T-Rex? beat the count on unsteady legs.

Cheering wildly, fans were delighted to see the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world jump on his just-risen opponent to land another hard right hand. With his opponent now on the defensive, with his back against the ropes, Tyson landed another hard hook that crumpled the legs of Corey Sanders.

Just when it appeared as though he was going down for the second time in under two minutes, fans were puzzled to see Iron? Mike lift his opponent back to his feet. The round ended to a chorus of boos with both men in the embrace.

The second round saw Sanders come out with a sly grin on his face as he began to implement a jab. Though carrying a sizable reach advantage, Tyson closed the distance fast with impressively accurate jabs to the head and body.

Tying the shorter Tyson up, the Chevrolet Centres disapproval of Sanders lack of punches was heard loud and clear. After being separated by referee Jim Villers, Tyson landed a hard left hook followed by a right hand that spun the headgear of Sanders, halting the negative feedback.

After seeing the number or rights that landed cleanly, it became apparent that Sanders alleged lack of sight in his left eye was becoming a major factor.

With the tension now gone from the ring, both men became more comfortable throwing combinations. While in close, most of the action was dominated by the tenacious and unpredictable head and body shots of Tyson keeping his opponent off balanced. Finding his grove, Tyson excited the fans by blasting hard uppercuts Sanders jaw.

With the final round now in full swing, the smile that once graced Sanders face was gone as shades of the old Mike Tyson began to resurface. After a bit of shoe shining by Tyson, a perfectly placed powder keg of a right hand rocked the former sparring partner to his core.

Only holding on, the now visibly shaken Sanders was rocked repeatedly with jab-overhand right combinations that brought the crowd into a frenzy. As the remaining seconds ticked away, the Chevrolet Centre appeared satisfied as youngest heavyweight champion of all time placed one last uppercut on his opponents chin.

With no winner to be determined since the bout was held under exhibition rules, some remarks of disapproval could be heard. But, upon the announcement of Mike Tysons name, cheers of affection and gratitude began to come alive.

Having some good-natured fun, Tyson-trainer and former world champion Jeff Fenech made his way to the corner of Sanders.

The first stop of Mike Tysons World Tour was over and it will, most certainly, roll on. –Brady Crytzer

Other results

Local cruiserweight journeyman Zack Page (12-8-1, 4 KOs) made 38-year-old Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle (35-4-1, 22 KOs) look his age, surprisingly outworking the former light heavyweight champion over ten rounds. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.
Super middleweight Tyron “T.T.” Watson (3-0, 1 KO) dropped Stephan “The Millenium Hawk” Pryor (10-2, 7 KOs) in round one and went on to score the upset via split decision over six rounds. Scores were 60-54, 58-55 Watson, 57-56 Pryor. Pryor is the son of former ring great Aaron Pryor.
Heavyweight Octavius Smith (2-1, 2 KOs) demolished Roy Anthony Beckford (0-1) dropping Beckford four times before the carnage was halted at 2:39 of round two.
Hot welterweight “Sugar” Ray Narh (19-1, 16 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage of Justo Sanchez (16-20-1). Sanchez was given an eight count in the sixth before being sent to the canvas by a Narh barrage. Time was 2:05.
Welterweight Frank Gill (2-3, 2 KOs) stopped Ken-Yon Kellum (0-1) at 1:18 of round three when Kellum’s corner threw in the towel. After the bout, Kellum was having trouble breathing and was taken from the ring on a stretcher.
Middleweight Chris Archer (6-1, 4 KOs) TKO’d Vance Garvey (6-24-5, 1 KO) in round six. Garvey was on the deck before the bout was halted in the sixth.

Tyson-Sanders Post Fight Presser
By Brady Crytzer

“I thought things went well,” promoter Sterling McPherson said to the small congregation of media gathered at the post-fight press conference following the inaugural bout of Mike Tyson’s World Tour in Youngstown, Ohio.

“I was very pleased with how Mike (Tyson) performed,” McPherson said boastfully. “This is the first time Mike has gotten into the ring in almost two years.”

As the clock wound to nearly two o clock in the morning, media were still anxiously anticipating the arrival of the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Little did they know he would never make an appearance. Despite the strong sense of fatigued disappointment in the room, the press conference continued.

Anxious to answer any questions despite the late hour, McPherson clearly laid out the groundwork for the future of Mike Tyson’s World Tour. Since its official announcement, rumors have circulated and possible opponents have been speculated as to who and where Mike Tyson will fight next. Though it is still early McPherson explained, there are some definite possibilities; some more likely than others.

“Right now we have a schedule to keep,” McPherson said. “We have about eight different places that we’re looking to go.”

“Mike is going to sit down and decide where he wants to fight next. He will be fighting again in the next three to four weeks.”

Of those eight places being considered, McPherson mentioned Los Angeles and San Diego as well as countries other than the United States including South Korea and South Africa. Also mentioned in a more official term was the current haven of heavyweight royalty…Russia

“We are also doing a fight in Miami on Super Bowl weekend,” McPherson said smiling. “That should be a lot of fun.”

Sterling McPherson also stated that is all likelihood the next time “Iron” Mike steps into a boxing ring will be on American Soil.

When addressed about the somewhat negative reception including the booing at the sight of Corey Sander’s dawning headgear, the shirts worn by both fighters and the actual action of the exhibition itself, McPherson answered with a respected and brutally honest reply.

“I don’t know what people expected,” McPherson said. “We didn’t try to fake anybody out or pull the wool over anybody’s eyes. This was an exhibition and they (the fans) knew that coming in.”

“People boo at real fights. That’s their prerogative.”

As for anything that is solid at this point, McPherson stated the first official international stop of Mike Tyson’s World Tour would be on New Year’s Eve in Micau, China.

“I like to spice things up,” McPherson said. “I enjoy getting some different regional fighters in their with Mike, but let’s look back. Joe Louis did this. Gene Tunney did this. They did it over one hundred time with the same two sparring partners.”

As the name of Mike Tyson circulates the media, most attention focused on the former “Dynamite Kid” lies in his words claiming that he would fight a woman. Sterling McPherson quickly shed light of any of the rumors.

“That remark was taken so far out of context,” McPherson said. “He was talking about boxing celebrities like radio personality Tom Joyner and women like Ann Wolfe. Ann Wolfe is a fighter. He was intending that to be women that don’t fight.”

Undeterred, Promoter Sterling McPherson continued to show his gratitude to the estimated four thousand fans that attended the event.

“We are excited about this tour,” McPherson said. “Mike is happy and the people of Youngstown are happy. It was a lot of fun.”

“We might even find another spot down here as soon as we can.”

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Exclusive Interview with Tom Patti. Q&A

By Craig Gibson

Firstly Tom, thanks for taking time out to do this interview for Tysontalk

For those people who may not know you, can you tell us a little bit about how you first come to meet Mike?

Craig, before I start, Id like to thank all of your members and the fans of this website for their continued interest in Mike and for asking me to do this interview. Since this is a pretty friendly site, Ill take the time and answer your questions fully instead of being short. Ill hope to give you some interesting insight with my perspective on Mike as Ive known him and been closely involved in his life on and off over the past 25 years. So here we go?
Back in 1982 I moved to Catskill NY to live and train with Cus DAmato. Cus had trained my father when he was a boy and now I had the opportunity to do so. Several years later, Mike and I were the last two fighters living and training under the tutelage and watchful eyes of Cus.

You were a successful boxer in your own right, how come you didnt pursue it as a career?

Once Cus had passed away, I didnt trust anyone else to guide my career. I had won several amateur titles, but I was far from red hot? say out of the Olympics. I also had numerous nose operations that never resolved the occurrence of complications. I had an operation, then a car crash that destroyed the operation. At this point, I carefully decided to move on with my life seeking new challenges. As Cus would say, not all of my fighters will become champions, but if they apply the same principles in life as they did in this sport, they can become successful in any goal?.

During the after dinner tours you were introduced as having crossed over to act in Hollywood, which films have you been in?

For almost 20 years now Ive been involved in the entertainment business. I starred in a 10 hour TV mini-series called Oceano?, appeared in Johnny Be Good, Homeboy, Hells kitchen, Hollywood Confidential and a few others. Ive sold a screen play, written, directed, produced and performed live theatre. Its a fantastic career challenge that I consider a hobby. A terribly thankless profession, but a great hobby! Luckily along the way Ive gotten involved in other business interests as well.

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What is your current working relationship with Mike, I understand that you are his friend and Manager, does this mean that all of Mikes deals go through yourself or is he still under some form of contract with Shelly Finkel?

First let me be very clear, Im not Mikes manager. Ive helped with some recent business matters for him, but Id just consider myself a friend. Myself and others bring offers to Mike as they come about. In all matters of business, Mike is most involved in what he wishes to do. If he doesnt feel? good about an offer hell pass. Mike listens to several advisors including his ex-wife Monica. Shes proven to be a strong positive influence in his life always giving sound guidance.

What kind of projects do you see Mike getting involved in, in the future? Movies? Autobiography?

With a person of Mikes notoriety, there are many offers to consider. He clearly has a story to tell, so a book is due when he decides the time is proper. There is something cooking right now that will be announced in the next few weeks. If this does happen, youll likely be seeing Mike visiting different places in the world. Sorry to be vague, but an official announcement should be saved for those putting together the agenda.

Will we see Mike again in the UK? If yes do we have any details at this stage?

Our trips there have been GREAT!! Im not sure when or why, but Ill bet Mike is back there for something again in the near future. I did have some meetings with Simon Cowells company (America Idol) about Mike doing a TV show there, but nothing firm has been offered.

Which fight do you feel was the last fight where we saw the best of Mike Tyson?

I loved the Danny Williams fight. Until his leg blew out, it was vintage Tyson. We were able to get Mike slipping, weaving and punishing the fighter for not only being in the ring with Mike, but for even throwing punches. If that knee didnt blow, Mike would have finished Danny in a spectacular fashion. I knew if you leave Danny alone, he was dangerous, once the leg went, Danny was not able to be contained.

Here are a few questions from the members at Tysontalk.com, feel free to answer or not answer any of them.

  1. Casper UK
    Hi Tom. How important is the psychological aspect of the fight game and how was Mike inoculated psychologically to perform as he did in his reign as champion and contender?
    The reason I ask this is because, of late, Mike seems to be a very introverted person, quite shy and docile and doesn’t seem to have that fire within him anymore. What would you say contributed to his mentality back ‘then’ and his lack of self belief now? I ask this because even during Tyson’s absolute prime there have been reports that he was a shy person with a lack of confidence, so I’m just wondering how he was able to psych himself up and what happened when his reign ended and he wasn’t able to pick himself up off the floor so to speak. Stay lucky, Tom”

Thanks Casper, good question. First let me address the shy, lack of confidence and lack of self belief? part of your question. It would be impossible to accomplish any goal of merit if you didnt feel and perform in a superior manner. This isnt arrogant, its just supreme confidence. If you want to be a Champion, you must project it, see it before others do, live it, dream it and Make it happen. As for being shy, Id call it more humble.
Cus use to say that boxing is 75% psychological and 25% physical. Keeping an edge? is difficult in many ways. First Ill tell you this, if you want to conquer your enemy, satiate him. Give him everything he wants and youll find him passive. That said, what motivates you to the top is different than what it takes to stay there. As for picking himself up off the floor?, Im exceptionally proud of Mikes journey as a man. To come from where he did, accomplish as much and continue on his quest as a man adjusting to the world as hes experienced it is no small feat. Whats most remarkable about Mike is his ability to accomplish any goal he sets out for himself. I believe that his redemption as a human lies ahead not in his past as a Boxer.

  1. muzzo
    What is the full story when Tyson sparred Lennox Lewis as amateurs?, I’ve read Mike saying that he knocked him through the ropes AND knocked him out….on the other hand I’ve read Lennox saying all Mike did was give him a bloody nose….

Im not certain anybody has ever told the full story, but since I was there Ill share with you what is saw daily. Lennox was living in Canada and would come stay with us in Catskill for sometimes weeks. Noting what Lennox said after their match, Mike peaked in his teens and I (Lennox) am at my prime now?. During the sparring sessions back in the 80s, (there were numerous days & weeks of training together) although Lennox was game, Mike ALWAYS got the better of him. Much to his credit, Lennox would have a rough time, but he would fight back and come back for more. Sometimes it took a few days to heal, but Lennox always came back.

I’ve read several reports and details of Mike’s physical conditioning regime as a kid growing up and nowhere does it say anything about weight training, my question is how did he get so ripped without weight training?

Mike has so much natural strength, its an advantage other cheat to obtain. As if Im an old? man at 42, but back in the 80s, strength training, nutrition and sports specific conditioning was in the early stages of implementation. While we did do some conditioning outside of the boxing gym, most of what Mike did was just floor exercises. Cus had very specific activities in the gym that helped the fighter with his conditioning.

  1. Thecatsmasher
    Would you say Mike was ‘manic depressive’ or that he suffered from depression? If yes do you think thats part of the reason that led to his downfall?

Since Im not a clinical psychologist Ill pass on diagnosing Mike. I do know that his life has been full of peaks and valleys. Ill wager this, if you were to be 21, champion of the world, worth Millions, most desired by women and had the world at your call, you might experience a little manic depression?. In fact, sign me up, Ill take it!! Seriously, can you imagine what Mike went through? In all of his early photos after Mike won the title, youll see a bald spot on the front of his head. This was caused only by the psychological pressure that he was experiencing.

  1. TysonFanatic
    Will Mike ever fight again and if he does, do you think Mike could get the stamina he used to have so he doesn’t get fatigued?

After 25 plus years Im not certain that Mike has the desire to train as hard as it takes to compete at that level. If he wanted it, he could do it. But as Mike said, Im not that guy anymore?.

  1. Ross
    Id like to know what Mikes take on Steve Lotts answers is, you mentioned Tom had seen it and probably told Mike. Steve said that he still sends Mike post like clippings on articles that might interest Mike and such like, also he has tried ringing Mike recently and leaves messages but either has the wrong number or never gets calls back. Does Mike hold some sort of grudge toward Steve or just sees no point in talking with an old friend?

As far as I know, Mike is unaware of the interview that Steve did with Tysontalk. I think Id drop dead if I ever heard Mike say I was on the internet and read?..? As for Mikes relationship with Steve I cannot comment as Ive never discussed this with Mike. I do know that Mike is now more than ever his own man. There are some people like myself that will come and go over time. Some people lasting longer than others. Ive no doubt that when and if Mike and Steve were to cross paths, it would be a warm welcome hello of old friends once again meeting.

  1. Kirrane
    Ask Tom Patti how much money Tyson pays him! I’ll tell you one story about him, in the Dublin show one of the people who was sitting at the main table said to Tom that there was going to be a young kid at the dinner, I think he was about 12 years old and asked him could they bring him up on stage after the dinner to meet Tyson as he was the only kid at the show, Tom Patti said NO! the person brought him up anyway, if you don’t believe me ask Tom yourself.

If you guys arent bored by now of my answers, Ill submit to you an answer for this one. As for money, Im not on Mikes payroll. In our recent business dealings, Ive been paid by Mike a 2 – 3% commission. Not because Mike hasnt offered to pay more, but because I wouldnt take the normal 10 – 15%. Probably pretty foolish on my part, but Im one of the few people to this day that can say theyve never taken advantage of Mike for financial gain. In fact, quite the opposite. Ive always been honest and true to Mike.
As for the Kid meeting Mike, Timing is everything. There are issues of crowd control, security, getting the room settled before special requests are taken care of. At our dinner receptions, the worst time for crowd control was when Mike first entered the room. There would be a rush of people, photos and autograph seekers. Within the first 10 minutes of entering the room, Charlie Hale asked if he could bring a kid up?? I told him no at that moment. About an hour later, I was the one taking the photos of Mike with the young man. In fact just this past week I emailed the photos to Charlie to give to the kid?. During this past trip to the UK including our trip to Ireland, myself, Mike and Darryl worked very hard in finding places for Mike to visit kids at. We went to hospitals, schools and spent time with children in every town we visited. Ill tell you this, Mike would rather visit kids at hospitals for free than get paid to show up at the promoted events.
For the record, the Promoter Ray Fisher told me that he had never experienced a demand from fans? as much as he has with Mike. My thought is that you can only ask so much of Mike before hed be burned out. So often I would buffer the requests as best I could.

  1. Turk15
    Tom Patti. What would you say was Tyson’s best punch? We all know he had a lethal left hook, but he could do the same to his opponents with his right hand. It seemed like he had the same amount of power in both hands. So, was it his left or right that was the most powerful?”

Great question. Whats unique about Mike is that hes equally powerful with either hand. In addition, Mike can knock you out with any punch. You name the punch and Ive seen Mike knock them down with it. Throughout the History of Boxing, youd be hard pressed to find a fighter that could do this. Turk15 remember this, the punch that has the most effect is the one you dont see coming. Ive found that often the hook is effective because it comes from a blind? side.

Do you know anything about the fight, Tyson v Larry Sims. There is no footage of that fight, at least thats what all of us know. That is the only Tyson fight we dont have. Was this fight ever recorded on tape or do you happen to know where we can find it? Thanks

If my memory serves me correct (maybe I am getting old) that was the fight that the video crew did not show up at. Jim Jacobs would hire a crew to record Mikes fights and that one was missed due to the crew not showing up.

  1. Slugger
    We all know mike fought with the come forward peek a boo style. But did mike ever use Alis style in sparring, you know dancing on his toes and giving lateral movement. If Mike did experiment with the dancing style in training how quick on his feet was he , was he as quick on his feet as Ali or if he wasnt quick as Ali was he as quick as Tyrell Biggs or Greg Page?.

The only variation of style that I ever saw from Mike is when hed act and fight like a Kung Fu Master during sparring sessions. To this day Mike loves these movies. In sparring, hed make the sound effects from the movies fight scenes, all the while moving his head, counter punching and having a fun time being loose in the ring. Ive often told him have fun like the Kung Fu Masters? and he does this.
Again if my memory serves me correctly, I think in the Mitch Greene fight Mike did a round or two like that. As for speed, Mikes hand and leg speed would allow him to do anything he desired, but Cus was set on creating a style that excites the crowd. Mikes size as an athlete suited Cus style perfectly.

  1. Kris kail
    Which classic heavyweight does Tom believe would have had a clear advantage over beating Mike Tyson in his prime? for example; Foreman? Frazier? Ali? Norton? Chuvalo? etc…

Of the lot, Foreman would have been the best challenge. He was a big brute, swinging punches from odd angles just looking to smash his opponent. That type of fighter is most difficult to fight. Nothing is orthodox. However, Im not certain that ANY fighter would fair very well against a well trained, conditioned Mike Tyson. The only person that could beat Mike Tyson is Mike Tyson, literally. Think about it, what a fantasy fight!!! Could you imagine Mike training to Beat Mike Tyson?? Two fighters of equal ability, one knowing the weakness of the other and looking to exploit it. What a fight that would be!!

  1. KO1
    Does Mike still train, try to keep in shape, and if so, what does he actually do?

Mike is an athelete first and foremost. As such hes mindful to stay in shape if he ever gets out of decent condition. As of late, hes doing a lot of low impact conditioning. Work with a conditioning coach includes proper diet, bicycle, medicine ball and some weight training.

Who has Tyson most feared, or had concerns about when walking in to the ring, if anyone?

As Cus would explain, all fighters experience fear?, the fighters job is to go out and perform to their highest potential in spite of how they feel. When it came to opponents, Mike never ducked or avoided a fight with anyone, he fought whomever was presented.

How much did he crap himself when his tiger nearly suffocated him?

Actually, Mike just laid there until she (the tiger) had decided that she had spent enough time with him. As we can all attest, some females are possessive and reluctant to let go!!

During his years as Undisputed HW champ, is there a particular training camp for a specific fight that you felt Mike trained harder, more intense for?

Much of that time I was not around the camps but in passing as I was in pursuit of my own career goals. I do remember watching Mike lose interest and his performance in the gym and in the fights reflected this. Watching Cus develop Mike as a teen and watching Mike get lazy? was a noticeable change.
I will say that unlike the first fight, Mike trained hard for the second Holyfield fight. I was with him both times weeks prior to those bouts and Ill tell you this, Mike was in condition for that second fight. I believe once Holyfield realized this, (second round) he started his holding and head butting. That of course changed the parameters of the bout.

Finally
A couple of rumors went round the British press recently, one saying that Mike had quit rehab for cocaine addiction and another about Mike having a relationship with 16yr old Chloe Butler, would you like to comment on either of these issues?

One thing thats constant in Mikes life is that people will tell and sell a story true or not just so they can benefit off of his fame. Even if it costs Mike his reputation or freedom, people will say anything to profit at his expense!! In Both of these cases, Id have to say that the story or media reports are based on little or no truth.
I do know this, his challenges and interests in living a happy healthy life to the benefit of himself, his family, his relationships and his fans is a priority.

Tom also provided this image below.
Thanks again

Craig Gibson & all at Tysontalk

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Mike Tyson on Floyd Patterson

Source: Fox News

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson died today. He was 71 years old. Earlier tonight, I spoke with another boxing champ, Mike Tyson.

Mike, it’s a sad time for boxing, isn’t it, with Floyd Patterson’s passing.

MIKE TYSON, FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION: Oh, man. That was just that was a horrific moment in time. I’ve learned a lot about Floyd Patterson being under the tutelage of Cus D’Amato, who also trained Floyd Patterson. And he had nothing but admiration for Floyd Patterson.

VAN SUSTEREN: What was Floyd Patterson like?

TYSON: Well, I met Floyd on a few occasions, but he’s always been very dignified and respectful gentleman. Throughout his whole career, he was known to be shy, but he was a very spectacular puncher, as well as fast, double-punchings with both hands. And was Cus’s pride and joy. He was the youngest heavyweight champion at 21 years old, and then again four years later he became heavyweight champion again. You know, only heavyweight to regain the champion at that particular time, until Ali came. He was a remarkable fighter.

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MIKE TYSON IN ACTION AS REFEREE AT WORLD CAGE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP PICTURES/VID

Referee and former boxing World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson, centre left, stops the action as England’s Terry Etim, right, celebrates after beating Spain’s Diego Gonzalez, during the World Cage Fighting Championships at the Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England, Saturday March 18, 2006.

Update: Click here to watch a video of the match with Mike Tyson as special referee. The video is from mmablogger.com. Thanks to CasperUK for the lead in this thread.

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Former boxing World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson takes a seat ringside before refereeing a fight in the World Cage Fighting Championships at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, Saturday March 18, 2006.

Former boxing World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson takes a seat ringside before refereeing a fight in the World Cage Fighting Championships at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, Saturday March 18, 2006.

Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM: British boxer Amir Khan (L) talks to referee former heavyweight world champ Mike Tyson before a fight in the World Cage Fight Championships in Manchester, England, 18 March 2006.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 18: Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has a chat before he referees a fight during the World Cage Fighting Championships at the MEN Arena on March 18, 2006 in Manchester, England.

Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM: Referee former heavyweight world champ Mike Tyson enters the cage before a fight in the World Cage Fight Championships in Manchester, England, 18 March 2006.

Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM: Mike Tyson laughs as he is interviewed prior to refereeing a fight in the World Cage Fight Championships in Manchester, 18 March 2006.

Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM: Referee former heavyweight world champ Mike Tyson watches the card girl between rounds in a fight in the World Cage Fight Championships in Manchester, England, 18 March 2006.

Referee for the night and former boxing World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson, centre, watches a ring girl parade as he waits to referee a fight between England’s Terry Etim and Spain’s Diego Gonzalez during the World Cage Fighting Championships at the MEN Manchester, England, Saturday March 18, 2006.

Former boxing World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson gives a thumbs up to fans before refereeing a fight between England’s Terry Etim and Spain’s Diego Gonzalez during the World Cage Fighting Championships at the Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England, Saturday March 18, 2006.

Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM: Referee former heavyweight world champ Mike Tyson (L) is photographed by fans during a fight in the World Cage Fight Championships in Manchester, England, 18 March 2006.

Referee and former boxing World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson, centre left, stops the action as England’s Terry Etim, right, celebrates after beating Spain’s Diego Gonzalez, during the World Cage Fighting Championships at the Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester, England, Saturday March 18, 2006.

Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM: Referee former heavyweight world champ Mike Tyson (C) steps in as Terry Etim of England (R) beats Diego Gonzalez of Spain during a fight in the World Cage Fight Championships in Manchester, England, 18 March 2006.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 18: Referee Mike Tyson stops the fight between Diego Gonzalez (L) of Spain and Terry Etim of England, declard the winner, during the World Cage Fighting Championships at the MEN Arena on March 18, 2006 in Manchester, England.

Referee and former boxing World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson, centre left, watches as England’s Terry Etim celebrates after beating Spain’s Diego Gonzalez, left, during the World Cage Fighting Championships at the MEN Arena Manchester, England, Saturday March 18, 2006.

Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM: Referee ex-world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson congratulates Terry Etim of England (top) after he beat Diego Gonzalez of Spain in the World Cage Fight Championships in Manchester, England, 18 March 2006.

Former boxing World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson, right, sits ringside with British boxer Amir Khan during the World Cage Fighting Championships at the MEN Arena Manchester, England, Saturday March 18, 2006.

Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM: British boxer Amir Khan (L) poses with referee former heavyweight world champ Mike Tyson before a fight in the World Cage Fight Championships in Manchester, England, 18 March 2006.

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MIKE TYSON – THE LIFE STORY

Mike Tyson – The Baddest Man on the Planet

After years in the wilderness, Mike Tyson is set to prove. That he is the greatest boxer that ever lived.
From the streets of Brooklyn to the Heavyweight Championship of the World, to international fame, Tyson has experienced a number of peaks and valleys during his life.
Mike Tyson is the most explosive, vicious, most watched fighter. Mike Tyson is without doubt is the number one, “Ass Kicker” of our generation.
WINS : 50 LOSSES : 6 DRAWS: 0 NC : 2 KO : 44
Born June 30, 1966 Catskill New York
Hometown Southington, Ohio, USA
Height 5’ 11’’
Reach 71
Record 50-4 (44KO’s)
Division Heavyweight
Titles Former Undisputed Champion, Youngest Heavyweight Champion
Manager Shelly Finkel

The Making of the Man

On 30th June 1966 in Cumberland Hospital Catskill in Brooklyn New York City something remarkable had taken place, Michael Gerard Tyson was born. Mike Tyson has experienced more in his years than most people experience in a lifetime.

Lorna Kirkpatrick was the mother, however, not a great deal is known of this lady. She was born Lorna Smith in 1930, probably in the South. As did many other blacks after WWII, Lorna moved north to search for a better life. Her destination Brooklyn, New York City.

Somewhere along the way, probably in Brooklyn, Lorna met and married a man called Percel Tyson, of whom nothing is known. They later divorced and Lorna never did remarry, despite falling in love with Jimmy Kirkpatrick. She took Kirkpatrick’s name. Jimmy was a heavyset, boisterous man, and father to some 16 children. This number would change-he fathered 3 children with Lorna. Rodney in 1961, Denise in 1964, and 2 years later came Mike.

Kirkpatrick had already moved out by the time Mike was born, thus keeping his mothers marriage name. A name that would later gain household recognition the world over – TYSON. Now a poverty-stricken single parent. Lorna moved into even deeper despair. That move was to Brownsville. In the heart of Brooklyn, it made their previous Brooklyn address of Bedford-Stuyvesant seem like Bel Air. It would be here, 178 Amboy Street, Apartment 2A in the most destitute section of one of America’s roughest cities that Michael Gererd Tyson would be moulded. Mike was a huge, tough lad, with a high, lisping voice. This contrast was the key to many beatings in Brownsville. People would ridicule him he’d promptly knock them out.

Mike was lonely in his fatherless, ghetto upbringing. This maybe why he kept pigeons, this maybe why he got into trouble, this maybe why he fought on the street. On one such street fight occasion when Mike was 9, a 15-year-old boy stole one of his beloved pigeons. Bad mistake! Mike flew into a blind rage, throwing punches with everything he had, the kind of punches that would have knocked grown men out. Many people witnessed this public onslaught of one of the areas most respected gang members. Now Mike became the MAN.

Mike was now known to the whole of Brownsville, not as Mike, but as Mike Tyson. A name that, in years to come, would be worth millions on contracts. That’s some feat compared to his modest surroundings he was living in now. Mike’s new found recognised notoriety in Brownsville saw many events and crimes, such as muggings, robberies, burglaries, assaults that would culminate a lot of arrests. This couldn’t carry on, something had to be done. Some control had to be installed, some initialisation had to occur that would save the residents of Brownsville anymore distress.

Mike Tyson was sent to the Tryon School for boys in upstate New York. Lorna never disputed this move, she couldn’t control him anymore, let alone install discipline. It was here that Mike Tyson learnt to box. The man who first taught Tyson the bare essentials of the fight game was Bobby Stewart, a modestly successful professional heavyweight. He was the man who first saw Mike’s power and prowess in the boxing ring.

At only 13, he weighed 200lbs, and had muscles that no other 13 year old had. He was strong with it too. He was bench-pressing 220lbs for $10 bets with the staff at Tryon. Stewart realised that what he had on his hands was something very special. He made a deal with Tyson-so long as he tried in his lessons, Stewart would teach him more boxing. Mike tried very hard with his academic study. He knew he would never get college scholarships, this didn’t put him off. Because he never wanted to be deprived of his boxing lessons from Stewart.

Suddenly, Tyson had direction. He realised that he was in love with something, and he had a reason to live and look after himself. He became obsessed with the sport of boxing. He would read on great fighters of the past, practice techniques, and train hard. Staff at Tryon talk about how it was possible to hear grunts and groans coming from Tyson’s room at 3, 4 o’clock in the morning. It was Mike working on his defensive moves. Bobby Stewart was noticing Mike’s achievements in the boxing ring. In a later interview, Stewart described how he got hit by a Tyson jab that made him want to take a knee. This was a professional heavyweight talking of a 13 year olds jab! Something had to be done. Stewart knew a legendary manger and trainer from Catskill in New York.

The name-Cus D’Amato. D’Amato had worked with fighters such as Floyd Patterson and Jose Torres, both tremendous fighters. Patterson being the youngest ever heavyweight champion to date-Mike would later change that. Mike Tyson and Bobby Stewart drove up to Catskill one spring weekend in 1980. Tyson and Stewart got in the ring to give Cus a show and try to let the trainer have an insight into what Stewart was talking about, and why he was being drawn to the attention of a 14 year old kid.

For 3 minutes Tyson hammered Stewart with Jabs, hooks, straight rights, uppercuts. A professional heavyweight fighter was having trouble detaining a 14-year-old kid and even got wobbled a few times! At the end of the round, Mike stayed in the ring working on his technique on his own, as he had done in his room at Tryon so many times before. Stewart walked over to Cus D’Amato. ”Well Cus, what do you think?” asked Stewart. ”What do I think?” came the response from the legendary trainer. ”I think that’s the next heavyweight champ of the world!” x
Mike Tyson – The Rest is History

Mike aged 14, went to train with Cus D’Amato, trainer of champions, in a gym in Catskills, NY. During his years there, Mike compiled an impressive amateur record of 24-3. His speed and power made the whole world take notice and the highly anticipated pro career of Mike Tyson would prove to be as captivating as the man himself.

On March 6, 1985, Mike Tyson made his pro debut with a first round knockout of Hector Mercedes. From that point on, Tyson’s goal was to capture the Heavyweight Championship of the World, finishing his first year with a record of 15-0, all by knockout. Less than two years later, after racking up 27 consecutive wins, Tyson signed to fight Trevor Berbick for the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title. On Nov. 22, 1986, after only six minutes in the ring, the young fighter was crowned heavyweight champion at the unprecedented age of 20.

Not content at stopping with one title, Tyson’s mission was to unify the heavyweight division and give the world its first undisputed heavyweight champion since Muhammad Ali a decade before. Tyson accomplished the second leg of his mission on March 7, 1987, with a 12-round victory over James “Bonecrusher” Smith to add the World Boxing Association (WBA) belt to his growing collection. Finally, less than five months later, his dream was complete. On August 1, 1987, Tyson became the undisputed world heavyweight champion by out-pointing Tony Tucker to claim the International Boxing Federation (IBF) belt, thus unifying the titles.

Going on to make six successful defenses of his unified titles, Tyson defeated everyone in his path including former champ Larry Holmes and then-undefeated former champ Michael Spinks. For his 91-second destruction of Spinks, Tyson earned more than $20 million, which at the time was the largest sum ever paid to an athlete. Mike went on to post wins over mandatory challenger Frank Bruno, followed by a 93 second rout of Carl Williams. During this time, Mike became one of the most recognized athletes in the world and the most dominating figure in boxing. A pro for five years, Tyson entered 1990 with a record of 37-0, with 33 wins by knockout. There was one loss in February 1990 to James “Buster” Douglas. Tyson rebounded from the loss in Tokyo with two phenomenal first-round knockouts against Henry Tillman and Alex Stewart.

On March 18, 1991, Mike Tyson and Razor Ruddock met in a “hard hitting” brawl. Tyson won the first five rounds, scoring knockdowns in the second and third. Ruddock, showing great determination, stunned the former champ in the sixth round. When the seventh round bell sounded, Tyson mounted a punishing attack, rattling Ruddock with four consecutive power shots. Referee Richard Steele stepped in and stopped the contest with 38 seconds left in the round.

They met in rematch on June 28, 1991. Ending speculation over what would have happened had their first fight not been stopped, Tyson knocked Ruddock to the canvas twice and broke his jaw en route to a unanimous 12-round decision.

After more than a four-year hiatus from boxing, Mike returned to the ring with exclusive deals from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Showtime Networks Inc., where he was seen both fighting and providing commentary. Tyson’s long awaited comeback finally took place on August 19, 1995 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Showing no ill effects from his layoff, it took Tyson only seven seconds to send his opponent, Peter McNeeley, to the canvas.

On December 16, 1995 at the CORE States Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA, before a prime time audience on Fox television, Tyson came out swinging at Buster Mathis, Jr. early. Throwing bomb after bomb, it took 2:32 of the third round before Mathis could no longer avoid them. Consecutive right hands sent Mathis to the canvas and he was unable to beat the 10 count. It was Tyson’s 37th knockout and his first since March of 1991.

On March 16, 1996 Tyson got another shot at a world title since losing his belt to Douglas in 1990. Before a sellout crowd of 15,222 at the MGM Grand Garden, Tyson regained the (WBC) belt. Tyson used uppercuts, jabs, and hooks, in combination with speed and power to dispose of Frank Bruno just 50 seconds into the third round

In his effort to once again unify the titles, Tyson took on WBA Champion Bruce Seldon, September 7, 1996 at the MGM Grand. Tyson wasted little time in capturing the WBA title, knocking out Seldon 1:49 into the opening round

On November 9th 1996 Tyson met Evander Holyfield at the MGM Grand in the main event on a fight card billed “Finally” referring to the fight coming five years and one day after it was originally scheduled. In one of the most exciting fights of the decade Tyson’s winning streak was halted in the 11th round. During the post fight press conference, Tyson did not make any excuses about his loss, graciously giving Holyfield credit and congratulating him on his performance.

Following a year and a half layoff, Tyson returned to the ring on January 29th, 1999 versus Francois Botha. During the fifth round, Tyson went on the attack, unleashing a powerful right hand that sent Botha to the canvas

On October 23, 1999 Tyson returned to the ring at the MGM Grand to face Orlin Norris. The fight aired on SHOWTIME, ended in a no contest after the first round. Referee Richard Steele ruled the late punch accidental

As we ushered out the 20th century and welcomed in a new millennium, Tyson traveled overseas to Europe for the first time in his career. The response overseas was tremendous as the former two-time heavyweight champion was greeted by thousands at the airport when he arrived in London. During his two-week stay, fans swarmed Tyson whenever he ventured out

In Brixton, Tyson was greeted by thousands of fans as he walked through the streets. Tyson went to Great Britain to fight the English Commonwealth Champion Julius Francis in Manchester, England. On January 30, 2000 Tyson knocked out Francis in the second round. Tyson displayed his old form knocking down Francis five times in less than six minutes of work.

Returning to the UK, Tyson fought former USBA and IBA heavyweight champion Lou Savarese on June 24, 2000 at National Stadium-Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland. Before a crowd of 25,000, Tyson pounded Savarese, ending the fight in: 38 seconds, the third fastest KO in Tyson history.

October 20, 2000, Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan. Mike Tyson versus Chicago-based Andrew Golota. Just 12 seconds remaining in the first round, Tyson landed a powerful right. The fight ended in a TKO when Golota failed to come out for the third round.

Tyson has remained true to his roots, recognizing how important it is to ‘BE REAL’. He maintains a strong bond with his community, and his charitable efforts have been recognized globally. Not one to seek out publicity for his good deeds, Mike contributes to under privileged causes through his various businesses: Tyson Gear, Mike Tyson Enterprises and Tyson Records and www.tysongear.com.

We all know some of the stuff he has been through, and we all know about his ups and downs. So what if he has, assaulted old men, mugged old ladies, broken peoples noses, raped women, head-butted opponents, tried to break peoples arms, bitten ears, burgled people, robbed houses, elbowed opponents, hit below-the-belt, started riots in casino arenas, fondled women in nightclubs, threw television sets around in cells, fought with prison officers, swore at TV broadcasters? We all make mistakes!
Mike Tyson – The Great Fighter

From the streets of Brooklyn to the Heavyweight Championship of the World to international fame, Tyson has experienced a number of peaks and valleys during his life. Mike Tyson is indisputably the most explosive, vicious, most watched fighter.

This is his chronicle.

2000
Mike makes his British debut on 28th of January at the MEN Arena against JULIUS FRANCIS of England. After a bit of hassle with customs and women’s groups kicking up a fuss because of his rape conviction, it is thought the fight might be cancelled. But home secretary of England-Jack Straw saved the day by granting Mike permission to enter the country. Incidentally, Mike destroyed Francis inside 2 rounds, flooring him 5 times along the way. Now Mike is due back shortly for his second British bout, this time in Scotland.

1999
Mike makes his return to the MGM Grand with an anti-climax. It’s been 9 months since Mike has last fought, this was due to his incarceration at Rockville State Penitentiary for assaulting two men in the mayhem resulting from a car-shunt. The opponent-Orlin Norris. The date-October 23rd. Somehow, Norris decided that a late first round hook to the head from Tyson twisted his ankle. A No Contest was declared. This was the second No Contest for Mike this year, the first one being in court, as that was how Mike pleaded to the assault charge.

January 16th. It’s Mike’s first fight since the ”Bite-Fight”. It’s been nearly 18 months since Mike has stepped through the ropes. And well over 2 years since he has won a fight. South African Francois Botha is stunning the 16,000 capacity crowds at the MGM by taming Mike Tyson with a style that is, well, less than ordinary. Unfortunately for ”the white buffalo” he forgets that Mike can actually hurt when he lands a punch. Botha walks straight onto the 223lbs weight of a right hand and hits the canvas like a paralytic drunk. He tries to get up, but Mike and everyone watching have dejavu of the Berbick fight. – It’s a sweet, cold KO in the 5th.

1997
The date is June 28th, the event-Tyson-Holyfield rematch for the WBA title. Everyone at MGM wonders whether Mike has what it takes to re-capture the heavyweight crown. But what happened will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. The fight started off evenly with both fighters trying to land the telling blow that will dictate how the fight will unfold. However, Holyfield’s use of his head is totally obvious to everyone except for the referee it appears. Mills Lane does nothing about the obvious head butts coming in from Holyfield. Even a 3-inch gash over Mike’s right eye does not open Lanes eyes as to what is going on here.
Mike, eventually and inevitably loses it-BIG-STYLE. He bites part of Holyfield’s ear off and spits it on to the canvas. After an intervention by the referee, Mike decides to chew on the other ear. This time Mike was thrown out, what happened in the ring afterwards was pretty ugly also. Mikey starts throwing punches at anyone who comes near him. For this 3rd round DQ, Mike earned himself a 1 year ban and $3m fine-the biggest fine in sports history.

1996
‘Iron’ Mike Tyson vs. Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield went down as one of the greatest fights in recent history. It delivered a result that very few could predict. Ron Borges of the Boston Globe was the only journalist to get the result right. The fight produced 11 rounds of master craftsmanship boxing from two of the heavyweight division’s biggest stars. It was give and take all the way through the fight. Each fighter giving and taking more than most men could handle. In the end, Evander pulled out all the stops and produced one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history. And thus becoming a 3-time heavyweight champion that only Ali could boast alongside him. He had won via a stunning 11th knockout. This one will be remembered for a very long time.
On the 7th September, Mikey produced an emphatic, domineering display to wipeout Bruce Seldon in 1 very easy round. It was clear from the start that Seldon was going to be losing his WBA crown. He just had nothing to deter or defend himself from Mike’s vicious hooks. Its curtains for Seldon in 93 seconds. (Prior to this fight Mike paid Lennox Lewis of England $4m ‘step-s-side’ money, because he feels he isn’t ready for a showdown yet).

Mike’s second rematch to date, sees him gain the WBC title and become a 2-time champion by knocking out Frank Bruno of England in 3 rounds on the 19th March at the MGM Grand. This rematch was pretty similar to the first encounter between these two. With Bruno struggling to keep Mike and bay with his lumbersome jabbing. 52 seconds through the 3rd, Mike catches Bruno with a 16, yes 16! punch combination of unanswered shots, until Mills Lane decided that it was quite enough.

1995
Mike’s second fight since leaving jail. The 16th December is the date and Buster Mathis Junior is the unfortunate opponent. After a couple of mediocre rounds from Mike, he finally starts to take effect in the 3rd. The crowd in Philadelphia on this advent night cheer franticly when Mike steps back from a clinch, takes a step to the right to create an opening to the floating rib and lands a bomb of a left hand to the midsection.
August 19th. Everyone has been waiting along time for this night, the crowd at the MGM in the heart of the strip in Vegas is covered by a blanket of anticipation. Mike’s had been away for over 48 months. He has been in the Indiana Youth Center serving time for the rape of 18-year-old beauty pageant Desiree Washington. It is rumored that Mike had trained himself silly in Jail, and it looked that way. Rumors circulate that while in prison, he was doing 1000 sit-ups a day. As well as having a few ‘scuffles’ including one where he caught a man called ‘TINY’ flush with the ‘greatest left hook he every threw’ only for ‘TINY’ to respond with a mere wink. ‘The man didn’t even move’ said one witness.

He is now out of jail and taking the first step of a long journey back to the undisputed crown. Will he be the same? Will rust have crippled his skills? Is he hungry? Is he in shape? Unfortunately for the Irish-American Peter McNeeley, Mike turned up looking the best shape of his life. Although McNeeley jumped on Tyson from the bell-it looked pretty much like a man trying to stop a rhino with a pee-shooter. Mike just composed himself and took his time. McNeeley’s father and chief-second decided that after 2 knockdowns from Mighty Mike, he didn’t really want to see his son get beaten by anymore.

1991
It’s the rematch that wasn’t needed in many peoples opinion. He had already stopped Donavon ‘Razor’ Ruddock once. Anyway, the fight goes ahead whilst Mike is waiting for a secured date with newly crowned undisputed king Evander Holyfield. Not much differs from fight number 1 between these two guys, except for a knockdown or two-Mike puts Ruddock down in the second and seventh, but they weren’t a lot more than flash knockdowns. It’s the same date that wouldn’t bring as happy endings 6 years later-June 28th. But for now, Mike’s happy-he wins a unanimous decision.

March 18th, Mike’s sees off the big Canadian Donavon ‘Razor’ Ruddock via 7th round KO. Many people inside the boxing village declared this result controversial. Richard Steele was the referee and rumors were circulating about Steele’s close ‘friendship’ with Don King having something to do with this ‘premature’ stoppage. Although I feel it was more than adequate.

1990
This is Mike’s second fight since he lost his undisputed crown in arguably one of boxing’s biggest upsets. It isn’t thought that Alex Stewart will give Mike too many equations to deal with. 1 round was all it took for Mike to keep his comeback bid unfolding successfully. It’s December 8th, and Mike now has to look at bigger things.

June 16th, and it is Mike’s first fight since the Douglas loss. Henry Tillman is the opponent handpicked by a now ‘mixed’ promotional team that still has Bill Caytons name on some contracts. It was a good choice of opponent though, because this 1 round KO was all it took to get Mike’s confident levels back to where they once were.

It’s Tokyo, 11th February 1990. A unique place for a title fight, but an even stranger time of day-lunchtime. Not a good time for Mike to be fighting if the rumors are true about his partying antics while in Tokyo. Some camp members and sources close to Tyson claim that he was still hung over from heavy drinking the night before. Mike came into the ring sweating buckets, and he also looked a little soft. Massive underdog James ‘Buster’ Douglas was unbackable at 42-1, but he had a game plan up his sleeve that would change the course of history. Douglas’s mum had died just weeks before the fight, his wife had filed for divorce, and he was pretty down. But what a lethal concoction that proved for Mike Tyson. Douglas was absolutely relentless with the assault he committed Mike Tyson to. The Tokyo ringsiders, common to the culture of the country saw them just sit there, hands folded in laps watching the heavyweight champion of the world get punished in every conceivable way.

For every uppercut that Mike landed, Douglas would throw 2 or 3 back in sequence. The display Douglas produced was quite simply awe-inspiring. The fight carried with this plot for 8 rounds until Mike landed an off-the-ropes-uppercut with the force of an oak-tree trunk that had Douglas down and surely out. But to the astonishment of every person watching in the world. Douglas rose to his feet and returned to his corner, only to come out 2 rounds later and steal the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world by knocking out the man and the myth that was ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. (The knockdown in round 8 was heavily disputed by the Tyson camp, namely Don King, that the referee counted too slow, thus allowing Douglas 16 seconds to get up, the belts were held and meetings took place for 2 solid days, until all 3 sanctioning bodies-WBA; IBF;WBC awarded the fight to Douglas, and crowned him champion)

1989
Mike Tyson is gunning for a shot at the former cruiserweight champion Evander Holyfield, but before that he has to deal with Carl ‘The Truth’ Williams, a relative no-hoper. Mike puts him away easily in 1 round on July 21st.

February 25th and finally the fight that had been postponed so many times is taking place. Frank Bruno, the most popular boxer ever to come out of England to date, steps into the ring in a 3rd attempt to capture the world crown.

It is wildly regarded that, despite his solid-greek-god-like physique, Bruno’s array of skills will be far too limited to match the vicious 22 year old Tyson. 2,000 British fans turned up to watch the fight, and they could be heard throughout the arena clearly chanting ”BRU-NO, BRU-NO, BRU-NO” soccer style. Although Bruno went down 10 seconds into the round he did hurt Tyson mid-way through the 1st with a left hook, although it looked as though it was Mike’s balance that was a little off rather than it being Bruno’s punch that had the crowd screaming.

1988
On June 27th, 3 days before Mike became 22, he produced a performance that is wildly regarded as his greatest ever. All the hype was in place, and all the celebrities were ringside. Many boxing analysts believed that Spinks was the man to bring down the aura of Mike Tyson’s invincibility down. The timing seemed good for Spinks, as outside the ring, Mike was having many problems.

For starters his marriage to Robin Givens was almost over (some say for the better), and his contact disputes between Don King and Bill Cayton were reaching a climax. They thought that the light rangy Spinks could dance and jab and keep Tyson off to claim a points victory. How wrong they were. Spinks was scared stiff, 91 seconds was all it took for Mike to land the telling shot-a short inside right to the midsection. Spinks rose-briefly-referee Frank Cappuccino stepped back to let the fight carry on. No sooner had he done that than Mike landed a right to the head of Spinks that had his head crushing to the canvas hard. The fight is over.

Now it’s March 21st, and Mike has been doing a lot of promotional and marketing work in Tokyo, Japan. What with Nintendo adverts, Toyota adverts Mike is busy. Oh, yes, and incidentally he had a fight in the Tokyo dome (a debut location for Mike, and boxing alike) with a fat man called Tony ‘TNT’ Tubbs. Mike’s takes him out clean in 2 rounds.
Larry Holmes had all the mouth in the approach to his fight with Mike Tyson on January 22nd. He startled the media at a pre-fight press conference by declaring – Mike’s going to be remembered as an SOB’. Come fight night, Larry looked in poor physical condition. His age – 37- was no excuse, look at Evander Holyfield now and he is also 37. The fourth round antics of Holmes did nothing more than delay the inevitable – he started sticking and moving with the jab, trying to be the Holmes of 10 years earlier. When Mike finally caught up with the aging challenger, he landed a beautiful, punch-perfect left right to the head that could be heard from the ‘$10 dollar seats’.

Holmes’ has to be given respect for his courage at trying to get up, but Mike didn’t let him off the hook. He took about 30 seconds to assess the situation and then he knocked out Holmes in destructive fashion.

1987
On the 16th October Mike fought the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist – Tyrell Biggs. Biggs was having a lot of problems making anything of himself in the professional ranks. It didn’t help that he was coming off a heavy drug addiction. But his contacts in the game brought him face to face with his former amateur foe. Mike produced a mediocre performance, but did manage to stop Biggs in 7 fairly punishing rounds.

August 1st 1987 will be a memorable day for Mike Tyson and heavyweight boxing alike. It was this day that Mike fought Tony Tucker for the IBF heavyweight title (he was also defending his WBA and WBC titles). If Mike won, he would make history and restore the fight game, by becoming an undisputed heavyweight champion. Mike did win, it went the full course. But there wasn’t any doubt whose fight it was. Toward the bell to signal the end of the fight, Mike got caught with a blow that would have floored a lesser man. But Mike simply poked his tongue out at the jerry curled Tucker.

Mike’s second fight since becoming the youngest heavyweight in the history of the sport, sees his up against the one time Heroin addict and 6-1 underdog Pinklon Thomas. As per usual, Thomas had all the pre-fight mouth. And when they got in the ring on May 30th, he appeared to be backing that mouth up for a while. In the 6th round however, Mike caught Thomas with an uppercut that set up one of the most accurately timed and placed combinations witnessed in a ring for some years. A left, right, and another left (all hooks) saw Thomas sitting on his backside like he had just woken up from an afternoon nap. The fight was over.

On March 7th – fresh from his 2 round demolition job on Trevor Berbick 5 months earlier – Mike not only defended his new WBC title, but also fought for the WBA title against James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith. Although still only 20, Mike has learnt to act and portray himself (thanks to Jimmy Jacobs) like he is 10 years older. Everyone was caught up in the Tyson hysteria by now. He had appeared on the front pages of all the high-class magazines, and was seen socializing with all kinds of women. He pretty much dominated the whole fight against Smith and won via a unanimous decision.

1986
November 22nd. Mike is 20 years, 4 months and 22 days – and at 2214 hours he became the youngest heavyweight champion ever (his predecessor was another Cus D’amato protégé – Floyd Patterson). The way he beat Berbick opened the eyes of everyone in the world. He ruthlessly, peerlessly destroyed Berbick in a stunning, awesome performance, to claim the WBC title. The ‘punch’ that done it was a short left hook to the temple. Berbick looked as though he was breathing intoxicating fumes as he kept trying to get up but falling down again. Finally, after 3 attempts to rise, referee Mills Lane saved him from anymore humiliation by wrapping his arms around Berbick and holding him up. Mike Tyson was king at last. The promise he made D’Amato had been delivered.
Mike’s Journey to the Title

Throughout 1986, Mike carried on his frantic regime. Fighting as often as Bill Cayton and Jimmy Jacobs could get fights. They thought that it was a good way to keep Mike out of trouble. Because Mike had been slipping back into his ‘naughty’ ways. The odd assault case cropped up and he even robbed an old lady in an elevator on one of his many trips back to Catskill. He didn’t need the money, and he probably only done it to stay true to his roots despite his knew found ambition and fame.

He fought 12 times in 1986. And that was in 9 months (January to September). His victims in the year were (respectively): Davo Jaco in 1 round, Mike Jameson in 5, Jesse Ferguson in 6 (it was this fight that caused uproar in the media world, when Mike told reporters he ‘was trying to drive the nose bone up into the brain’). Steve Zouski then lasted 3, this was followed by a 10 round decision over James ‘Quick’ Tillis. Another points win saw him beat Mitch ‘Blood’ Green, or Mitch ‘Bitch’ Green, depending on who you talked to (Mike would later meet Green in a Harlem street brawl – breaking his own hand whilst breaking Green’s nose).

Reggie Gross was victim number 22, getting banged out in 1. William Hosea also got torn apart in 1 round. Although Lorenzo Boyd fought Tyson in Swan Lake, it wasn’t no fairy tale he got dropped in 2. Joe Frazier’s son then gets humiliated in 30 seconds. Jose Ribalta done well to last the course of 10 rounds. Then Mike’s last fight before the title shot saw him knock Alfonzo Ratliff about the ring before the ref stopped it in 2.

In 1995, Mike made his debut, it was on March 6th in Albany, New York. The promoters were a husband and wife team the Millers, based in Troy. This had put Hector Mercedes in with the dangerous 18 year old Tyson. Mike boxed like he had so much to prove, it was a powerful display from Tyson to win his debut fight in 1 round. Trent Singleton didn’t last any longer he too got beaten in 1 round. Don Halpin done relatively better to take Mike 4 rounds before getting his nose busted.

Mike’s 4th fight, and first in Atlantic City sees him bang out Ricardo Spain in a round. Another fight in ‘the sewer by the sea’ sees Mike take out John Alderson in 2. Larry Sims then lasted 3 in Poughkeepsie, New York. Lorenzo Canaday starts of the first of a four fight return series in Atlantic City. He got taken out in 1, along with Mike Johnson, Donny Long and Robert Colay.

7 days later, Mike takes the camp to Texas to beat up Sterling Benjamin in a round. 12 days later they make the trip over to Texas and beat up a guy called Eddie Richardson in a round. 5 days later there back in Latham beating on Conroy Nelson, he lasted 2.

Back home in New York, Sammy Scaff got his jaw cracked in a round, and one more trip to Latham gives Mark Young a nice Christmas present (the fight was 2 days after Christmas day) by flooring him in 1.

So that’s the story. But it won’t end there. Mike will become, once again, heavyweight champion. Mike Tyson and his wife Dr. Monica Tyson, own a home in Maryland where they raise their four children.

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Tarver on Tyson bout: ”50-50 or there’s no fight!”

Source: boxingtalk

By G. Leon

December 21, 2005 – Yesterday evening reliable sources informed Boxingtalk that light heavyweight king Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver was demanding a 50-50 purse split for a PPV showdown against former undisputed heavyweight champion “Iron” Mike Tyson. At first we didn’t believe the information to be accurate, however, a quick phone call to Tarver confirmed his demands. “Why I would take anything less? It’s 50-50 or there’s no fight, I’m not taking any more shorts and 50-50 is a fair offer,” said Tarver. Boxingtalk understands that Tyson would have likely been willing to move forward under a 60-40 split in favor of Tyson. If Tarver’s position doesn’t change, the chances of Tyson-Tarver ever coming off look grim. Tyson was unavailable for immediate comment, but we plan on speaking with him shortly to see what he has to say about Tarver demanding parity.

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Tyson dinner ends in mass brawl

Source:LONDON, England (CNN)

Guests at a British boxing dinner for former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson launched into a mass brawl.

Police said they were called to a “large fight” at the Heritage Hotel in Derby, central England, where Tyson had appeared to launch a four-date promotional tour of Britain.

Around 20 people were involved in the brawl Tuesday evening, which saw chairs hurled, tables tipped over, glasses smashed and punches thrown.

Derbyshire Police said that one person taken to hospital had complained of being hit over the head with a champagne bottle.

The fight began during an auction of boxing and Tyson-related memorabilia, British media reports said.

Among the guests at the “black tie” function on Tuesday night, where tickets cost £127 ($220) a head, was former British heavyweight champion Frank Bruno.

Tyson and Bruno had answered questions from the 500-strong crowd after a meal and left before the trouble started.

Derbyshire Police said they received an emergency call at 11.35 p.m. (2335 GMT) that “a large fight” was taking place at hotel.

When police arrived, there was no fighting, said the force, but several people had suffered minor injuries. One was taken by ambulance to Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, but had since been discharged.

There were no arrests. Police launched an appeal for witnesses Wednesday.

It was Tyson’s first date in a series of dinner functions in Britain. Other dates are planned for Birmingham, Manchester and London.

The Heritage Hotel declined to comment.

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MIKE TYSON V PETER MCNEELY 1995

Tyson’s first fight after his 4-year abscene was highly awaited and so the Tyson vs McNeeley fight set a new PPV sales record.
The fight could not hold true the high expectations. Far form that, the bout became a joke when McNeeley’s trainer stormed into the ring in round one in order to save his fighter from any more punishment.

Peter McNeeley who put on an embarrassing show and refused to fight like a boxer should..
The ‘Hurricance’ Peter McNeeley was a breeze.

A disappointing evening for Tyson who did not have the chance to do his job properly and especially for the crowd and the people who paid a to watch the fight either at home or at ringside.

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MIKE TYSON V JAMES DOUGLAS 1990

When Mike Tyson took on James “buster” Douglas nobdoy in there right mind would dared to have predicted the outcome of the fight. Douglas was a 42-1 outsider who was expected to be just another notch on the seemingly undestrucatable Mike Tysons belt.
Douglas had all the physical attributes of a top class heavyweight but he didn’t have the boxing skills of the mental toughness to make it to the very top.Although a decent contender and a solid proffesional he was seen as nothing more.
Such was the calibre of the man who was destined to beat Mike Tyson in Tokyo, Japan in what would be the biggest upset in heavyweight history.
It seemed the only weapon Douglas had against Tyson was that he was not afriad as had been many other fighters.
And, for once, when the opening bell sounded, strange things began happening. Douglas started hitting Tyson with right hands. Tyson had always been hittable, but never to this extent.
For the first time, an opponent’s height and reach advantage — Douglas is 6 ft. 4 in. to Tyson’s 5 ft. 11 in. — seemed important. Certainly Douglas’s .hand speed was a factor. When Tyson coiled to leap inside, Douglas invariably beat him to the punch with his long right.
This initial surprise played out for two rounds, with Douglas finishing the second with a snappy uppercut to Tyson’s chin. Then, in the third, Tyson seemed to regain his form and smacked Douglas with a punishing left to the body.
The challenger’s corner grew wilder in the fifth when Tyson was wobbled by a chopping right. Soon, Tyson’s left eye began to swell. “I didn’t see his punches real well,” Tyson said afterward. Nor could he put any kind of combination together against Douglas.
The eighth round opened with Douglas again getting the better of Tyson, but it closed with a sudden, classic Tyson right uppercut that dropped Douglas to the canvas with six seconds left. It was the only time that Douglas got careless, and it nearly cost him his eventual stunning upset. At the moment Douglas’s backside touched the surface of the ring, the knockdown timekeeper began his count. Instead of picking up that cadence as he should of done, Meyran began his own count, two beats behind. As a result Douglas stayed down till 9 and then got up, and retired to his corner as the round had now ended. Douglas had in fact been down for the count, but since the referee had made his own incorrect count the fight would go on.
But there was no debating what happened in the ninth round, when Douglas closed Tyson’s eye completely. Pushing Tyson into the ropes, Douglas then launched four punches that shook Tyson, whose head flopped backward loosely on its bull neck.

Then came that 10th, Douglas’s assault finally toppled Tysonto the mat. At that stage of the fight, it was no longer a shocking development — except to two of the three judges, whose scoring was at best inexplicable. Judge Larry Rozadilla from California had Douglas far ahead, 88-82, but judge Ken Morita, also from California, somehow had Tyson ahead 87-86 and Masakazu Uchidaf Japan scored it even. But the point was
dramatically made even before Meyran bear-hugged the helpless Tyson, who rose at nine, his mouthpiece sticking grotesquely out of his mouth: Tyson was not invincible, and James “buster” Douglas had shook the world.