The American boxer Mike Tyson will return to the ring this Saturday, November 28 in an exhibition match against his compatriot Roy Jones Jr. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (USA).
Heavyweight World Champion
“Iron Mike” is the youngest heavyweight world champion in history. At 54, he seems to still have dynamite in his fists. Tyson’s preparation in recent months has caused a real sensation among fans.
“If he concentrates on it, he can fight for the belt one day, why not? Who says it’s impossible to do it? “, Rafael Cordero, his current coach, warned in an interview with TMZ.
Sown is the seed of a return that oscillates for many between an exercise in nostalgia and anxiety to return to the media show business. An icon of the sport. Boxing lovers put him on a pedestal in the late ’80s, he dove on his head.
A life full of ups and downs
A life full of ups and downs and forged on the brave platform. Drugs, unbridled sex and prison, the chronology of a B-movie about a star of ‘Rock and Roll’ crashing. He was always that in the end, in addition to a 20-year-old boy who was justifiably branded as “The evilest man on earth.”
Born in the troubled neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn (United States), on June 30, 1966, Mike grew up surrounded by delinquency, crimes, and murders. He never knew his biological father and “matured” – among many quotes – going from house to house evicted with his mother and brothers.
At the age of 7, he left school due to the harassment he suffered as a result of his stuttering and the special attention and treatment he gave his little sister, Denise Tyson. From there it was downhill and without brakes. At the age of 10, he was arrested for the first time and just over three years later he achieved the first of his great marks. He was taken into police custody 38 times.
As a result of his turbulent and violent attitude, he was sent to the Tyron School for Boys reformatory and, after a brawl with another inmate, he was transferred back to downtown Elmwood. There the figure of “Iron Mike” began to be chiseled.
Former boxer Bobby Stewart put him in touch with what would become one of the most influential people in Tyson’s life. The famous trainer Cus D’Amato put him under his tutelage and he became the helm of a drifting warship completely full of insecurities, complexes, and a total lack of self-esteem and maturity.
The American coach welcomed him and disciplined him, straightening out the course of a criminal who would probably end up dead in an absurd fight, like many of his peers in the neighborhood.
After years of training, fighting, and sacrifice, he reached the elite of world boxing. At 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days, he beat Trevor Berbick in a contest for history.
Despite ending up unifying all the world bands, in the end, the absence of D’Amato, who died shortly before his first World Cup, left an indelible mark on him.
Tyson cut down opponents everywhere. With that assassin aura, he exuded, even before he stepped into the ring. It seemed that wherever he stepped, the grass would not grow again. But his outsized ego and toxic environment precipitated his decline.
The beginning of the sunset
On February 11, 1990, the legend was broken and the man appeared. An unknown Buster Douglas knocked out in Japan a Tyson who had already lost the fight before putting on the mouthpiece.
The respectable of the land of the rising sun witnessed the beginning of the sunset, or at least a collapse that had been brewing for some time began to show itself. He kissed the canvas “the evilest man on earth” and perhaps the most intimidating champion the noble art of the sixteen strings has ever had.
The bad habits that he acquired and the bad company that he surrounded himself with pushed him into the abyss, sportingly, and personally speaking. He went to jail accused of rape and was never the same again despite his attempts to prove it in the ring.
As a result of the parasites and bad advisers that haunted him, in addition to the terrible sense of responsibility he had, he squandered in a short time the more than 300 million dollars he earned on the ring. Practically the economic ruin.
It has come back to life in recent years thanks to a thriving millionaire business. ‘Kid Dynamite’ has created an empire for the sale of legal cannabis and products derived from it in the United States. The ‘Rancho Tyson’ has been in operation since 2016, although it is not yet complete. The plan of the New York fighter is to build a complex of 170 hectares with a luxury hotel included.
Only the course of events will determine the future of the eccentric Mike Tyson. As the fighter promulgated in his heyday: “Everyone has a plan until they hit him in the face.”