“Iron Mike” was the most imposing, explosive, devastating champion of the heavyweight division.
Despite his height of 1.78 cm atypical for the division, he stood tall over decked opponents. He dubbed himself: “The Baddest Man On The Man.” His highly efficiently honed hitting technique, superb defense, via subtle waist movements, enormous strength coupled with lightning devastating and crushing power, are a Herculean Legend. A son of Zeus!
Michael Gerard Tyson, was born on June 30, 1966 in New York. Mike became the youngest fighter ever to win the heavyweight championship of the world, when at the age of 20, he knocked out then champion Trevor Berbick in two awesomely destructive rounds, capturing The WBC Green and Gold Belt. Tyson reigned supreme, unifying the division and went on to defend his championship on multiple occasions, discarding challengers as usurpers.
He regained his WBC championship by knocking out Frank Bruno in the third round. Tyson has been a major force in the sport and has thrilled hundreds of millions of fans from every corner the worlds seven Continents.
With the ameliorating passage and mellowing of time, Mike has managed to transcend his epithet as the terror of the Title, to become a completely fascinating man, well rounded in character, but not waistline, demonstrating a delightfully wry sense humor, reinforced by life lessons, engendering wisdom. A character full of hope, dreams and love for his family, with a sense of benevolence, rather than malevolence, which comes directly from his heart.
This weekend, Mike Tyson will return to the ring to face Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition fight and even though it is an altruistic match, boxing fans are beyond excited and eager, to have the privilege via the rare treat of watching a legendary heavyweight once again gracing the ring. And Roy’s sublime skills will be a privilege to behold!
Good luck Mike and Roy!