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On May 21st 1966 Heavyweight Champ Muhammad Ali made the fourth defense of his title stopping Henry Cooper in the sixth round. Forty days later on June 30th 1966 future Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson was born. Who would’ve ever thought it, but Mike Tyson turns 38 years old today. It seems like just a few short years ago we were watching him fight James “Quick” Tillis and Jesse Ferguson on ABC and Mitch Green on HBO. Hard to fathom that those fights took place in between February and May of 1986. It certainly doesn’t feel like 18 years ago too me. I thought I was getting old watching Muhammad Ali’s 50th Birthday party on TV back in 1992, I still can’t believe Tyson is 38.
I remember watching Muhammad Ali as a kid thinking that he would be forever young. While watching Tyson I felt the same thing, that youth was his forever. Following Tyson on his way up (1985-90) through Buster Douglas, I was between 25 and 30. Man did those years fly.