Welcome back fight fans to another video here
on The Fight Game. This video is about Mike Tyson, and I really want to give
this man justice with a great video. You can get a list of Tyson’s greatest knockouts with
a simple YouTube search, we know this. But that’s not what this video is about,
this video is going to highlight many aspects of Tyson’s career.
Sure Tyson is world renowned for his punching power, but he’s also a man with a story to
tell. His life was not just of glory and fame, but sometimes a very accurate depiction
of harsh reality. Boxer’s have careers with glistening gold belts and
comfortable rewards, while others have utter heartbreak and misfortune. Rarely will you
see a fighter who’s had all of these in abundance like the man who’s on your screen
right now. If you’re here to see a quick highlight reel you might as well skip
the video now, but if you’re looking to know the incredible life led by Mike Tyson, sit
back and enjoy the show because we’re looking closely into the past to see how one
man transformed the sport of boxing from beginning to end. When you saw Mike Tyson enter the ring you
saw his opponents subdue to pure annihilation, each and every aspect of Tyson’s
demeanor epitomizes an undeniable force of nature. If you had to describe Mike Tyson’s
career, it would be one of ultimate destruction. When you’re talking knockout
you’re talking Mike Tyson. His intimidating mannerisms were not bound to just the
ring either, his mere presence has had his opponents on edge in press conferences and
dressing rooms. While many people have said they’d enter the ring with anyone for
multiples of millions of dollars, if it’s against Mike Tyson you can forget about it.
If you were fighting Mike Tyson your job was not to beat him, it was to survive him. He
holds the record as the youngest heavyweight champion ever, if it wasn’t for Cus, this
would never happen. The idea that I’m the youngest champ of the world. The idea that
will live forever. The idea that I think will never
be broken. this he won 19 of his first professional bouts by knockout, 12 of those
coming in the first round. His illustrious career is one of faults and achievements,
devastating blows inside and outside the ring, welcome to this video here on The Fight Game
where we dissect the incredible life story of Iron Mike Tyson. If you haven’t realized already Tyson’s freakish
ability to put people to sleep didn’t come without hours of specialized training
far away from the spotlight in the sanctuary of the gym. At the age of 13 Tyson was discovered
and uncovered by the philosophical Cus D’Amato. Tyson at the time was surely
a delinquent, the gym for him would end up being his savior from the streets of Brooklyn
New York. A day in the life of Mike Tyson’s intense training regime began with road work
at 4am, moving on to 12pm he would begin 10 rounds of sparring, after a short
break he would enter back into the ring for 45 minutes to an hour for esoteric
lessons on the sweet science perfecting his skillset, an hour on the exercise bike followed.
Moving on to 5pm he would begin his strength workout with 2000 squats, 2500 sit-ups,
500 to 800 dips, 500 pushups, 500 shrugs and then a 10 minute neck workout to top it
all off. After dinner he would close out the day with a short 45-minute session on the
exercise bike again. You’re probably shocked at the insane training routine, but do remember
extraordinary results require extraordinary methods. Tyson’s training consisted of drills in the
ring to simulate real life situations, notice Tyson slipping both sides of the jab. This
is contrary to traditional methods of slipping seen by today’s fighters who slip exclusively
on the outside. Tyson’s slipping doesn’t come without perfect simultanous harmony in the
feet. Also take notice of how Tyson slips after his punches, every time without fault.
In boxing this is called defensive responsability, not
only does he anticipate a counter punch, but he does it even if it isn’t there. By doing
this he creates new additional angles, setting up
a new combination to unleash. For a man of Tyson’s stature to move so fluidly with such
technical prowess is something that can only be achieved
through years upon years of working on his craft. Tyson’s style is one that’s
not really taught any more in the modern era of boxing. His trainer and mentor Cus D’Amato
taught Mike the peek-a-boo style. This style emphasizes head movement along with
positioning for maximum destruction. This style typically entails the hands to be placed
close in front of the face, the elbows tucked in tight and the boxer moving forward. Hearing
this you might think it’s an offensive style, but it’s actually a counter punching
style. While most counter punchers back up and stay at a safe distance, the
peek-a-boo style’s entire basis is to provoke an opponent to attack, then you would slip
this attack and return a counter attack, preferably in a dominant angle. This style,
when done correctly is most likely to be the most effective style of boxing one can have.
This style is also typically only for shorter boxers where the majority of opponents are
taller. The style is just as much about the feet as it is about the upper body, to truly
appreciate how Tyson got the knockout punch you really have to look at his feet, his
fast footwork negates his opponents reach advantage and when he got on the inside his
opponents tend to panic, it’s almost as if it
was a bulldog in the ring running at you, except this bulldog weighed 240 pounds and
threw bombs with every punch. Tyson was not just
orthodox either, he was ambidextrous, allowing him to create angles from both stances. Tyson
was taught that the knockout punch was a punch thrown from an invisible angle, a
position in which the opponent cannot anticipate an attack. The diminishment of Tyson’s opponents has
more depth than what may first appear, each and every move is calculated and is a mere
repetition of what was practiced long before the sound of the opening bell. This is Tyson’s
style, no one has been able to replicate it, not one single person in the last few decades. Tyson now had the recipe for success in the
form of the peek-a-boo style, along with the ultimate guidance of two very important men.
These two men were Cus D’Amato and Kevin Rooney.
Cus was like a father to Tyson, he took him into the gym at the age of 13, and along
with his apprentice Kevin Rooney they worked with a young Tyson to mold him into the monster
that everyone knows and loves. Kevin Rooney isn’t given as much credit as he deserves,
Rooney was one of the most important people in Tyson’s career. Cus and Rooney are the
two men behind the making of Mike Tyson. Not only did they
make him a fighter, but they made him a man. Keep the head down when you come up, keep
your head down. When it’s coming up? It’s not coming
up but starting to come up. Can make it perfect. It’s good, but it’s not perfect. Cus D’Amato
was one of the very few people, perhaps even the only person in Mike Tyson’s life that
he trusted. Cus believed that boxing was very little physical and everything spiritual.
Cus’s boxing lessons were almost life lessons, he believed
in building character. He instilled confidence into Tyson and gave him direction as he had
lost his compass like many other kids where he grew
up. I don’t trust anybody in general. I don’t
like people to know me at all – and I just recently trust him because the same way I
trust him he trusts me, and he trusts me a lot. In 1981 Mike Tyson competed in the national
junior olympics, and if you feel the cornerman is familiar,
well that’s no other than Teddy Atlas. This was Tyson’s 6th fight in the amateurs, and
it only took him a record breaking 8 seconds to knock
out his opponent. Tyson was only 15 years old here. Tyson was sure to show great sportsmanship
after the fight, a testament to the great character
Cus was building. Rooney would work tirelessly on improving Mike’s conditioning and skills
under the watchful eye of Cus. At the age of 18 Mike Tyson
would make his professional debut. He would win via body shots, he displayed the great
angles he learned from Cus and Rooney. Tyson would score many
more fights via knockout, however on the 4th of November, 8 months after Mike’s first professional
fight, Cus sadly passed away. Tyson was 19 years old,
and when he needed Cus the most, he was there no more. Tyson described himself in the aftermath
as vulnerable. Cus was Tyson’s protector, the man who
brought him so far, and to have him go just when his career was beginning was a big hit
to Tyson. Tyson described his disappointment and sadness in the
fact that Cus would never get the chance to watch him prosper as a heavyweight champion.
A goal both of them worked towards for so long. Tyson had the
proud honor of being a pallbearer at his funeral. Cus would in turn hand the reigns over to
his apprentice Kevin Rooney. Rooney and Tyson would continue
working together, and although they had lost Cus, Rooney had all the boxing knowledge that
Cus had passed down to continue building the legacy of
Iron Mike Tyson. Tyson and Rooney continued working towards
the goal of becoming heavyweight champion. They faced many opponents and Tyson gained
incredible experience by fighting boxers of all different
styles. However it was typical for the opponents to meet the common faith of a knockout.
Tyson became increasingly popular for his ferocious style, boxing 27 times in less than
2 years. In his 28th bout Tyson took on Trevor Berbick
for the heavyweight championship of the world. Tyson aimed to become the youngest heavyweight
champion ever at the young age of just 20. Berbick decided to stand right in front of
Tyson and go to war, and it was a pretty good war for as long as it lasted. While Berbick
attempted to calm the fire with his lead hand, Tyson’s head movement proved to be the perfect
counter to this strategy. We see this throughout Mike Tyson’s career. He truly has
mastered the art of slipping, and pure destructive bombs followed. Soon later Tyson’s
ripping hooks began to take their toll on Berbick, and with that came fatigue, and with
fatigue came a barrage of punches from Tyson just before the end of the first round. Tyson
was surely in command going into the second round, and it only took massive overhand
right to get going again, and Tyson would drop his opponent to the ground. Having his
opponent very clearly hurt, Tyson decided to
close the show. Tyson had just become the youngest heavyweight champion in history in
a fashion of the most spectacular of standards. A goal that Cus instilled in him 7 years prior
when he took him in at 13 years old. What can I say? He’s probably up there right
now saying ‘you did a lot of mistakes, you did a lot of mistakes.’ When Tyson defeated James Smith and Tony Tucker
in 1987 he added the WBA and IBF world titles to his collection. This would make him the
first boxer to unify these belts successfully. We saw Tyson’s head movement, power and skills
improve ever since his pro debut. Tyson and Rooney wanted to become the longest
reigning heavyweight champion. They had cleared everyone in their path to get to this point,
and even bigger fights were on the horizon. Tyson would knock out Larry Holmes in the
fourth round, then he would knock out Michael Spinks
in the first round. I consider the Tyson in the Spinks fight to best version we saw of
Tyson. At this point I believe Tyson was one of if
not the best heavyweight fighter the division had ever seen. This version of Tyson was unbeatable.
This was prime Tyson. Even looking back from this point, he scored an incredible amount
of knockouts, turning the unexpected into the expected. Even by just looking at how
Tyson fights you get the idea of how his mentality
of being an absolute destroyer comes into play. However things would go not so well from here,
as shortly after the Spinks fight promoter Don King would get his way in influencing
the champ to fire Kevin Rooney. Tyson was always naive,
and even still this many years later the absence of Cus made Tyson vulnerable to being
brainwashed. When Tyson fired Rooney it was only downhill from there. Tyson would score
another knockout against Frank Bruno, but as time went by Tyson’s skills and dedication
began to deteriorate. Tyson would very soon suffer the first defeat of his professional
career in a shock upset against James Buster Douglas. It’s quite sad to see how firing
Kevin Rooney had effected his focus. Tyson was
not the same, and he never became the same ever again. Although Tyson’s most memorable
fights came later in his career, it was not prime
Mike Tyson. Which is quite unfortunate because it does make you wonder what would have Tyson’s
career looked like if he had kept Rooney, what would have Tyson achieved if Cus had
lived longer. Although Cus and Rooney were absent in a lot Tyson’s career, the skills
he learned from them would still get him many more victories.
That shows you how valuable the lessons from Cus and Rooney were, that the lessons
would still prove beneficial to Tyson even decades after. We still see the peek-a-boo
style in every Mike Tyson fight, we see the elastic
snap in the shoulders to score the knockout punch, we still see his evasive head movement.
Mike Tyson’s career was extraordinary to say the least, there’s more to it than what meets
the surface. He’s without a doubt one of the most destructive fighters in boxing history.
I highly doubt we will ever see someone similar
to the caliber of Iron Mike Tyson again for a very long time. Tyson went off the rails
a few times in his career, from drugs to drink to
buying a pet tiger. But that’s what makes Mike Tyson, Mike Tyson. You have to be a little
crazy in this boxing world to survive. There’s still
quite a lot to talk about when it comes to Mike Tyson, if you guys would like us to make
more videos going into even deeper detail on certain
aspects of Mike Tyson’s career let us know in the comment section below. Thanks for watching,
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