I do not usually follow sports or boxing for that matter, but I came across this article about Mike Tyson and it led me to a video that I watched and
have now decided to share.
There were a few thoughts that came to mind as I watched this.
First, boxing is a brutal sport.
2nd, I am not sure if Mike Tyson is human.
3rd, Anyone that had any knowledge of how meticulous Tyson was as an opponent for his ability to inflict pain from every direction and still got in
the ring with him anyway essentially knocked themselves out.
4th, If you got hit by this guy you got your knees buckled, hence I have nicknamed Tyson, "The Knee Buckler".
Maybe there are some other members that pay more attention to the sport of boxing that can answer a question for me, can you name another more
devastating puncher, especially in his prime, than Mike Tyson?
I saw his record was ridiculous and what I found even more amazing was the fact he had ever lost a fight much less 6. Those must have been fights he
was not motivated for, because in this video, all I see is this machine of a pitbull/man that will not be denied his meal.
I do seem to recall an incident with Evander Holyfield where Tyson tried to bite his ear off, but the fighter I see in this video does not reflect
that type of person.
He seems to be a gentleman that understands once the fight is over that he can be different towards the person whose head he just pummeled.
Wow, though, I have to admit to being a bit mesmerized by his way of just pure brute strength and tenacity when the bell rings.
My foray into boxing will most likely end here, but it was entertaining to watch.
I was a huge Tyson fan growing up. He was incredible & exciting to an extreme degree. But no make mistake, the man was crazy & in no way humble back
then. There are plenty of stories about his outrageous antics at the time, particularly bullying, actual street fighting, and more. There are some
famous video clips showing his... ummm... "intimidation" during interviews and conferences, too. An industry legend & famous coach, Teddy Atlas, even
had to pull a gun on Tyson to warn him never to mess with his family again.
As for why Tyson lost so much (relatively speaking), that depends on what you're willing to believe. Some will say he was exposed against Buster
Douglass because he'd always fought weak opponents before him. Others will say he was never the same after his prison sentence. And others will say
Holyfield's notorious headbutts during the fights made Tyson snap. I'd say it was probably a combination of them.
Tyson is probably 10,000% more humble now than he was before. Back in his prime, I wouldn't have even wanted to be in the same room with him. He was
emotional, erratic, violent, and knew he could dominate you in a brawl. But now, I'd love to interview him & shake his hand. He's like a completely
different person now.
Oh & I think the older generations would say George Foreman in his prime was a heavier hitter (or was it Larry Holmes?). I lost interest in boxing a
while ago so my memories are starting to fade on it.
Antics aside, when I watched this video, he tried to help most of the fighters up off the mat after he destroyed them. I did not follow his entire
personal or professional life as it happened, so I can not offer an opinion about that, but based on what I did watch here, if there was a better
fighter in their prime, I never heard of them.
Mohamed Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman are the only boxers I really ever followed over the years and none of them ever knocked people out
like this guy has. Maybe that old timer, Jake Lamotta was the closest to having this type of power.
Became distracted or disinterested maybe after the trappings of his success and the toll his bad choices took on him. I do not really follow the guy
much, but it does seem to be he has righted his ship at least.
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