Antonio Tarver on Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr: “They Running From Their Adversaries”
By: Hans Themistode
The boxing world couldn’t help but yell in excitement once former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and pound for pound great, Roy Jones Jr. announced their contest. On September 12th, both men will end their retirement and dust the gloves off one more time.
Choosing a winner between the two has been the topic of conversations for the past few days. But while most of the world is wondering how things will play out, former two division world champion Antonio Tarver is trying to figure out what’s the point.
“I hope they do their thing,” said Tarver on his social media account. “It’ll be great. But come on, beating a Roy Jones, knocking out Roy Jones, I mean we done seen that shit before. But if Roy Jones beats Mike Tyson then what does that mean? If he looks good against Mike Tyson then what does that really mean?”
What it would mean is unclear, but Tarver is hoping that a win for Jones Jr. could lead to a fourth fight against arguably his biggest rival. The two shared the ring together in the mid 2000s. Jones Jr. would famously move up to the heavyweight division to grab a heavyweight title from then WBA champion John Ruiz. Following that win, rumors between Tyson and Jones Jr. began to circulate, but their contest never materialized.
Instead, the newly crowned heavyweight champion dropped down in weight to the light heavyweight division and took home a close decision win against Tarver. Believing that victory was nothing more than a fluke, Tarver got his hands on Jones Jr. in an immediate rematch, knocking him out in the second round.
The two would meet for a third and final time one year later. Tarver would prove that he was in fact the better fighter as he scored a unanimous decision victory.
With back to back wins over Jones Jr. Tarver believes he’s the last person that he wants to see inside of the ring, even at the age of 51.
“I believe both of them are running from their adversaries. You know Holyfield got Tyson number, I obviously have Roy Jones number, obviously. But they choose to fight each other, they running from their adversaries.”
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr Officially Set For Exhibition Contest on September 12th
By: Hans Themistode
When Mike Tyson announced his comeback to the ring several months ago, many were incredulous to the news of the now 54 year old former champion. However, after the Brooklyn native began dropping workout videos, the boxing world began to take him seriously.
With 15 years since his last ring appearance, Tyson looked like a brand new man in recent footage. The beer belly had been replaced with a new found six pack and his deleterious punching power seemed to be still present.
Even with his beard completely grey, not many fighters were jumping at the opportunity to step into the ring against him. Nevertheless, former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. has not only raised his hand, but he has also been selected.
The two hall of famers are slated to shake off the retirement dust face one another on September 12th, in an eight round exhibition in California on pay-per-view.
For both Tyson and Jones Jr. this contest has been in the making for nearly two decades.
In March of 2003, Jones moved up from the light heavyweight division to challenge then WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz. Jones would go on to grab the title and talks immediately began between the two for a huge showdown.
Of course, like many super fights in the sport of boxing, issues over money began to linger and their dream matchup fell apart entirely.
Jones would go on to drop down to the light heavyweight division, but was a shell of his former pound for pound self. Tyson would also continue his career, but the moniker “Baddest Man On The Planet,” no longer applied to him.
With both fighters now agreeing to step into the ring against one another, their entire fight card is shaping up to be a memorable one. According to reports this will not be a traditional event. Both professional boxers and MMA fighters will face off against one another on the undercard.
There is no word yet as to who will participate, nor has there been any reports of what the rules will be. But at the moment, Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr will officially take place on September 12th.
Oscar De La Hoya Eyes Comeback After a Dozen Years Away From The Ring
By: Hans Themistode
First Mike Tyson, then Evander Holyfield and now Oscar De La Hoya.
The former six division world champion has watched from the sidelines for the past 12 years, but he is beginning to get the itch fight once again.
Tyson was the first to grab his attention. At the age of 53, he’s dropped multiple training videos of himself looking anything but the number on his birth certificate. After one of his most recent clips was aired, he capped it off with two words.
Now, De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) is looking to use those words himself as he eyes a comeback at the age of 47.
“I have been working out,” said De La Hoya to Ring Magazine. “I have been training, I have been staying in shape. Obviously not in fighting shape yet to go 12 rounds but I’m sure I can get there. We’ll see.”
Golden Boy isn’t just an eye-catching name for De La Hoya’s promotional company. It was also his nickname throughout his career, and for good reason.
He came out of the 1992 Olympics with a gold medal dangling around his neck and quickly added more around his waist during the course of his 16 year run. His accomplishments, which included winning 10 world titles in six different weight divisions, pushed him into the hall of fame in 2014.
He was last seen inside of the ring in 2008 in what turned out to be a one sided loss at the hands of Manny Pacquiao. De La Hoya was dominated during the first half of the contest before ultimately going out on his shield during the eighth round.
De La Hoya may have been 35 during his contest with Pacquiao, but he doesn’t solely contribute that loss to his age.
“Take a look at my last fight with Pacquiao,” said De La Hoya. “I fought at 160 and came all the way back down at 147 to try and beat a Pacquiao who was just moving up but was faster then hell. I just couldn’t pull the trigger. I overtrained, my muscles were so lean. I was a walking zombie when I walked into the ring.”
Squeezing back down to the Welterweight limit of 147 pounds isn’t on the agenda of De La Hoya if he does decide to come back. The weight class he has in mind is a few pounds above, but before he truly entertains a comeback, he is keeping a close eye on the return of Mike Tyson.
“It would be at 160. I actually want to see what Tyson does first. See how reflexes are, see if he can go past three or four rounds and from there I’ll make my decision. I really would come back, I’m really considering it.”
Luis Ortiz Open to Mike Tyson Bout
By: Hans Themistode
Boxers around the world have been affected negatively by COVID-19. But none more so than Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz. At 41 years of age, the former WBA interim world champion has become a ticking time bomb. He hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, but Father Time has a close eye on him.
At one point, Ortiz (31-2, 26 KOs) was known as the boogieman of the division, but two stoppage losses to former WBC titlist Deontay Wilder quickly changed that narrative.
But even with Wilders right hand permanently tattooed on his forehead, Ortiz still has hopes of becoming the first Cuban born Heavyweight world champion. For now though, he simply sits back and waits until the phone rings for another opportunity.
“I’ve stayed at home like everyone else,'” Ortiz said to George Ebro. “But I’ve remained active, with proper physical preparation. I already have my ring at home and there I do the exercises. I’ve been told I could fight again between August or September. In any case, I’ll be ready.”
A third fight with Wilder is out of the question. But with title holders such as Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, the Cuban big man still has plenty of options.
For now, it’s all about placing himself in a win, win situation, which is easier said than done. Both Wilder and Fury have a third date penciled in for one another, while Joshua on the other hand has a candlelit dinner of his own with Kubrat Pulev. Other contenders such as Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, Oleksandr Usyk and Daniel Dubois all have previously booked matchups as well.
With that being said, there is a recently un retired former world champion who is currently in search of his own dance partner at the moment as well.
“I’m not a boxer sitting down to pick names for some convenience,” Ortiz added. “I’m going against whoever it is and whoever I want. Now there’s a lot of talk about Mike Tyson’s return. If he wants to, I’ll even go against him. I just need a name and a date.”
Bare Knuckle President David Feldman Hopes to Match Tyson Up With Wanderlei Silva
By: Hans Themistode
Former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has yet another offer on the table. One that he may not be able to walk away from.
Raking in tens of millions of dollars was once a normal occurrence for Tyson. It isn’t surprising. After all, the youngest Heavyweight titlist in boxing history repeatedly left his opponents clinging for life after a few minutes into his contests.
At 53 years of age, he may not possess the same knockout as he did in his younger years, but his ability to draw viewers to a television screen seems to be as strong as ever.
It’s been a decade and a half since Tyson has stepped foot inside of a boxing ring. But the former Heavyweight champion has used this worldwide pandemic to get himself back into fighting shape.
Tyson isn’t eyeing a title shot against unified champion Anthony Joshua. He also doesn’t seem interested in ending the debate of who hits the hardest between himself and former WBC belt holder Deontay Wilder.
Instead, Tyson has expressed interest in taking part in a few exhibition matchups for charity. And while getting a glimpse inside of the ring would draw a massive crowd, current President of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship David Feldman, would rather Tyson bring that attention to his sport. And he is prepared to pay a hefty price in order for the former champion to do so.
“I want to see if we can make the Mike thing happen, period, and then we’ll start talking opponents. We’re not successful yet in making that Mike thing happen. But I don’t think the door’s shut. He did say no immediately. But I think there’s room there.”
Not only does Feldman believe there is room, but he also believes he has the perfect opponent lined up. And regardless of what MMA star Tito Ortiz has recently said to the media in terms of an offer being on the table for him to face Tyson, Feldman has someone else in mind.
“I didn’t offer that (to Ortiz),” Feldman said. “I’m not sure that it really draws. I think a Wanderlei Silva, someone of that nature. No matter how old Silva gets, he’s dangerous, and I think that would be an intriguing matchup. Something like that, but I don’t actually have anything in mind right now.”
Mike Tyson Continues Comeback Trail With Special Appearance at AEW
By: Hans Themistode
Mike Tyson made the first pit stop on his comeback tour this past weekend. Although this time around, he settled for a wrestling ring.
AEW superstars Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer battled it out at Double or Nothing. Tyson was expected to sit back and enjoy the matchup from his ring side seat. Following the contest, he was due to wrap the winners waist with the TNT title. But it’s seldom that there is a ring around and Tyson does not choose to make an appearance inside of it.
In professional wrestling, no contest ever seems to go smoothly without a hint of interference. Playing the role of meddler on the night, was WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
“The Snake” was determined to give Archer the advantage during the match. And on several occasions he did just that. But while Archer had a WWE hall of Famer in his corner, Rhodes had a man who was once known as “The Baddest Man on The Planet” in his.
Tyson often won fights during his illustrious career before he even landed a punch. In short, opponents were scared out of their minds by the time it was fight night. In the case of Roberts, he’s exchanged fists with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Andre The Giant and even the Undertaker during his career. But the now 64 year old Roberts had little interest in facing off against Tyson.
With Roberts now out of the way, Rhodes took care of business to pull off the victory in the ring. Just as expected, Tyson joined him in the ring to celebrate the victory. If Tyson has things his way, then this will only be the first win he is a part of in the near future.
The former Heavyweight champ has slimmed down his once retired body and has gotten himself into fighting shape. Rumors of a third fight with the also recently un retired Evander Holyfield is on the cards. But Tyson could choose to go elsewhere. Regardless of when and where he decides to fight, Tyson has reassured everyone that it will simply be an exhibition contest for charity.
“Hey, listen, there are a lot of people out there that need help,” said Tyson to TMZ. “Something like that could help a lot of people, that’s in need for help.”
Whether Tyson decides to face off against Holyfield or not, it appears his AEW appearance was only the first of many in 2020.
Mike Tyson Set to Make an Appearance at Double or Nothing on AEW
By: Hans Themistode
While COVID-19 has forced many of us inside of our homes, former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been making the rounds.
A ten second video of Tyson wrecking the pads was the first thing to grab headlines. He looked sharp, fast, powerful and to be frank, he looked like a young Mike Tyson. Somewhat.
Tyson concluded that workout with two simple words. “I’m back.”
Now, in roughly one week, Tyson makes his return to the ring. But it isn’t the one that you are expecting.
On May 23rd, Tyson is set to make a special appearance at the AEW event, Double or Nothing. Headlining the event will be Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer as they’ll battle it out for the TNT championship. Wrapping that title around the waist of the winner will be none other than Mike Tyson.
To say that Rhodes was excited to hear of the news would be putting it mildly.
If Tyson had things his way, this wouldn’t be the only time that he makes an appearance inside of the ring. With the former Heavyweight champion deciding to pick the gloves back up again, former opponent and multiple division champion Evander Holyfield has decided to do the same. Even dropping his own, albeit not as impressive workout video in the process.
Holyfield also expressed an interest in picking up his nearly 25 year old feud with Tyson. Claiming he could still “handle him” even at the age of 57.
With a pile of money seemingly ready to be made, Tyson vs Holyfield 3 could be in play. But first, Tyson will make an appearance on AEW to kick off his comeback tour.
Evander Holyfield on Mike Tyson: “I Can Definitely Handle Him”
By: Hans Themistode
It turns out that when there’s smoke, there is in fact fire. Such is the case when it comes to two boxing legends in Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.
Tyson set the social media world on fire when he posted a short clip of himself hitting the pads on his Twitter account. The youngest Heavyweight champion of all time was always known for his speed and power but no one was expecting the now 53 year old Tyson to look nearly the same. Those who stopped to take a glance at the clip were left shocked as Tyson looked incredible. The speed and power were still there. Diminished to a certain extent, but there nevertheless.
After Tyson posted a second clip, this one even longer, he concluded by telling the world exactly what they wanted to hear, “I’m back.”
Not wanting to be left out, Holyfield dropped a video of his own.
The comeback of both fighters were met with an ambivalent bag of reactions. Concerns over their health immediately popped up, while others could care less about their safety and instead were more interested in what they could possibly do in the ring.
Both hall of famers made sure to preference their comments by stating that they simply wanted to take part in a few exhibitions to help others. But with the sports world starving for entertainment due to COVID-19 the rumblings of a possible grudge match between them soon followed.
By looks of the video, Tyson seems to be in better shape than Holyfield but with two wins under his belt against him in the 90s, Holyfield holds the mental edge. Even at 53, not many fighters are jumping at the opportunity to face Tyson, but the man once nicknamed “The Real Deal” isn’t backing down from the challenge. In fact, he’s embracing it.
“I would do that! Yes, I want to fight Mike Tyson. My whole thing is I’m open. I know that I want to do well for myself at age 57. I can definitely handle him. But Mike would have to want to do it as well,” Holyfield told The Sun.
“We have to come up with something that is not a knockout grudge match. It’s not about who can beat who, but to show people we were some of the greatest fighters in our era and we’ve come together as men to do something for others. I don’t have anything against Mike personally. The thing is I think it would be good for the sport. Even though boxing is a rough sport, we can show people we can come together.”
Looks can always be deceiving in the case of Holyfield. At 6 feet 2 inches and barely cracking 200 pounds on the scale, the former undisputed Cruiserweight champion was thought to be much too small for the land of the heavies. He not only proved his doubters wrong to become a multiple time champion, but he is widely regarded as one of the best fighters across any era. From the look of his freshly posted video though, the 57 year old Holyfield looks to be far removed from his prime, but doubt him if you want. He still believes he’s got more than enough.
“If we do this fight it would be great. I can still shoot the jab, I can still shoot the shots, but not like a killing thing, [not like] ‘I’m going to hurt you I’m going to show you that I can knock him out.’ Mike is looking sharp, but I’m in very good condition and shape, physically and mentally. And if the money is right, too, then let’s get it on.”
“I know he’s getting offers from all types of people. Since we have both announced a comeback, a fight between me and Mike would definitely be the fight people want to see.”
Mike Tyson: “I Feel Unstoppable”
By: Hans Themistode
While most of the world has been spending quarantine on the couch watching television, former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been hard at work.
“That’s all I’ve been doing, getting into shape,” Tyson said on a #PlayApartTogether live stream on Facebook.
The former Heavyweight titlist recently announced his desire to end his decade and a half retirement in order to return to the ring for an exhibition matchup. At first, it seemed to be nothing more than a great yet harmless idea. But with Tyson releasing a short clip of himself on the boxing mitts, it’s left many of us scratching our heads and muttering under our breath.
Tyson, 53, was last seen inside of the ring in a losing effort against Kevin McBride in 2005. But that isn’t the lasting image from Tyson and his career. No, the sheer fear that he struck into his opponents coupled with his eye blinking knockouts is what he is remembered for.
Before Tyson revealed his desire to come back, albeit in exhibitions, he told the world that he misses what he used to be.
“I know the art of fighting, I know the art of war,” said Tyson during an episode of Hotboxin with Mike Tyson. “That’s all I ever studied. That’s why I’m so feared, that’s why they feared me when I was in the ring. Because I was an annihilator. That’s all I was born for. Now those days are gone, it’s empty, I’m nothing.”
Now, just a few months later, Tyson not only feels ready to return back to war, but he feels better than ever.
“I feel unstoppable now. I feel the same again. The gods of war ignited my ego and want me to go to war again. Imagine if I went out there and fought and I could help all these people we talked about.”
George Foreman Believes Mike Tyson Can Become a “Top Contender” in Ten Months
By: Hans Themistode
In a day and age where the sports world is on pause due to COVID-19, Mike Tyson grabbed a few headlines with his sharp display on the boxing mitts. Tyson, 53, recently decided to end his decade and a half retirement in order to jump back into the ring. Somewhat.
The former Heavyweight champion is currently in the gym working on his fitness in order to participate in an exhibition match. Nothing more, nothing less. But former Heavyweight champion George Foreman isn’t buying it.
“[Doing exhibitions], that’s what they do, that’s the way it happens,” Foreman told IFL TV. “I called Dick Sadler, my original trainer back in the 1960s, I’d just won a gold medal, I said I just want to do exhibitions, that’s all, and learn more about boxing. Next thing you know I’m in with the heavyweight champion of the world. So it starts off talking about exhibitions, but then it gets bigger and bigger. And Tyson, I would like to see him back in the ring. He’s an older fella, but a record is always waiting to be broke.”
Foreman, 71, knows a thing or two about returning to the ring at an older age. In 1977 at the age 28, Foreman hung up the gloves, only to return ten years later. He would have to wait an additional seven years at the age of 45 to regain his Heavyweight title. Both a remarkable feat and an anomaly.
While no one has been able to follow in the footsteps of Foreman up until this point, he believes Tyson could become the first.
“I was so happy. He looked like he had turned the clock back at least 20 years. He was looking fit and those punches were coming sharp. If he’s able to go into the woods and dedicate himself to that for about 10 months, he could come back and really be a top contender.”
Mike Tyson Looks Scary Even at 53 Years Old
By: Hans Themistode
At one point in time, Mike Tyson was without question the “baddest man on the planet.” From the moment the opening bell rang during his contests, everyone knew what was going to happen. Don’t leave your seat for a bathroom break and don’t even think about answering that text message. A Mike Tyson fight just wasn’t going to last long.
It’s been 15 years since the former Heavyweight champion was seen competing inside of the ring. Nowadays Tyson, 53, can be seen sitting in the front row of big fighting events, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. He might seem more calm now as opposed to 20 years ago, but if you think that means he’s lost a step, you’ve got another thing coming.
Tyson recently made the decision to enter the ring after a decade and a half outside of it. The multiple time former titlist isn’t looking for a title shot against Anthony Joshua though. He also doesn’t doesn’t plan on taking on another heavy hitting puncher in Deontay Wilder. No, instead, Tyson has better intentions in mind.
“I’ve been working out,” said Tyson on Instagram Live with rapper T.I. “I’ve been trying to get in the ring. I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape. I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff.”
From the looks of it, Tyson seems to be already in shape. The speed and power that led him to becoming the youngest Heavyweight champion in boxing history at the age of 20, in 1986, are all still there surprisingly.
While boxing fans would love to see “Iron mike,” jump back into the ring, there is another former Heavyweight champion that wants to steer him in another direction.
George Foreman was considered just as devastating of a puncher as Mike Tyson back in the 70s. He hung up his boxing gloves in 1977 but made a return back to the ring a decade later in 1987. The move worked out in his favor as he reclaimed a Heavyweight title in 1994.
Foreman’s story may have resulted in a happy ending, but with the resume of Tyson, he see’s no need for him to make his way back to the ring.
“Tyson has done enough great things for boxing,” said Foreman on Twitter. “No more is needed. He is in the Hall of fame. And was a mighty puncher.”
Mike Tyson Believes Floyd Mayweather Can Become a Great Trainer: “He’s a Gym Rat”
By: Hans Themistode
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Mike Tyson share a few things in common. They’re both polarizing figures, they both made ridiculous amounts of money in the ring (nearly $700 million for Tyson and over one billion for Mayweather). And whenever the goat discussion comes up, both of their names are mentioned. But even with as many similarities that they share, they’ve never seen eye to eye.
Tyson has criticized Mayweather for his TBE (The Best Ever) claims, along with other situations during his career.
Yet now, with Mayweather deciding to hang up the gloves and trade in his boxing hat in favor of one that’s labeled “trainer” Tyson believes he can be one of the best in the world.
“I give Floyd a good chance at doing it,” said Tyson. “Mostly, the guy that’s the great trainer is not the great fighter and that’s why he becomes the great trainer. I give Floyd a good chance because Floyd’s a gym rat, that’s all he does. You see him in the club for one week but he’s in the gym every day for 25 years. He does it in his sleep, this is what he [does].”
Floyd Mayweather has always had expensive taste. He seemingly has every luxury car ever created, he has diamonds encrusted in nearly all of his possessions, including an iPod case that is worth $50,000 and he has not one, but two private jets.
While his materialistic assets have meant the world to him, it’s been the recent death of his former trainer and uncle that has affected him the most.
“As many of you know, I’ve had incredible trainers which included my dad and uncle,” said Mayweather. “Due to the recent passing of my Uncle Roger, I’ve felt inspired to help those around me. The same way they have been there for me throughout my boxing career.”
For years Mayweather has had the spotlight beamed on him and him alone. Even as he retired from the ring on multiple occasions, the attention never ceased. But now, at the 43, Mayweather seems content with helping others get their moment in the sun.
“It has become a goal of mine to help others reach the best versions of themselves and walk with it in confidence. I want to leave an impression on those around me and allow them to see their potential.”
Mike Tyson Eyeing Boxing Exhibitions, Former Trainer Believes He Can KO Wilder Right Now
By: Hans Themistode
At one point in time, former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson did not need to be referred to by name. Simply say “the baddest man on the planet” and everyone knew exactly who you were talking about. Before James “Buster” Douglas pulled off the biggest upset in boxing history in 1990, no one ever thought he could lose.
It wasn’t just that he was winning, but how he was doing it. Once Tyson stepped foot inside of the ring, it didn’t make sense to leave your seat for a bathroom break. The match wasn’t going to last very long.
It’s been 15 years since Tyson last entered the ring, and 24 years since he looked like the man who could take down a Rhino. But even as his grey hairs have mellowed him out, Tyson has the fight itch again.
“I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week,” Tyson said recently on Instagram Live with rapper T.I.
At 53 years of age, Tyson doesn’t have his eye on fighting for a world title. Instead, he’s getting himself in respectable shape to compete in a charity matchup. But the former world champ is finding out that getting himself even halfway ready for a fight isn’t as easy as it used to be.
“That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts. I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring. I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape. I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff. Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf***ers like me.”
Matchups against your normal average Joe is the only agenda for Tyson. In his prime, he would love to jump into the ring against names such as unified champion Anthony Joshua or WBC belt holder Tyson Fury. But this isn’t the mid 90s.
While Tyson doesn’t have unrealistic championship expectations, his former trainer believes there’s nothing unrealistic about it at all.
“Boxing’s not the same now. I’d guarantee that if Mike Tyson trained for six weeks, he’d knock Deontay Wilder out in a minute,” Fenech told The Sporting News
“He would hit them. If these guys are getting knocked out by Tyson Fury – who’s a great fighter, but not a huge puncher – Tyson would kill these guys. They’re not on the same level today. Mike today, I reckon if he trained he could still beat these guys. Fury’s got these other skills, but Deontay Wilder’s got a punch and nothing else. If you punch him, it’s over. And Mike don’t miss.”
Fenech may have all of the confidence in the world in his former fighter but at the moment, Tyson is just simply trying to whip himself into decent shape.
“I do two hours on cardio. I do the bike and the treadmill for an hour, then I do some light weights, 250 to 300 reps,” said Tyson. “Then I start my day with the boxing thing. I go in there and hit the mitts, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition.”
Mike Tyson Once Offered $10,000 to a Zookeeper Face a Gorilla One on One
By: Hans Themistode
In the 1980s, there were plenty of ways to earn some money. Metal forging, coal mining and knitting mills were amongst the popular options. But fighting Mike Tyson was the last option.
There was a reason why Tyson was once considered the “baddest man on the planet,” it’s because he was. Whenever a Mike Tyson fight came across your television screen, it made no sense to get up for a bathroom run, or go grab a snack from the fridge. Even blinking didn’t make sense. No, when Tyson came on, you stayed in your seat and stared at the ring. If you decided to do anything else, then chances are you missed his entire fight.
From the moment he walked into the ring in 1985, Tyson was a one man show. On his way to the ring, he usually never wore socks or a robe. It simply took too long.
Just hand him a pair of shoes, black trunks, put his gloves on and get out of the way.
There was absolutely no one who could beat Tyson at that time. The fans knew it, the media knew it and most importantly, Tyson knew it. Usually when a fighter carries that aura of invincibility, they search for someone who can give them a fight.
George Foreman found Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis found Hasim Rahman and most recently, Deontay Wilder found Tyson Fury.
Before Tyson found James “Buster” Douglas, there was no one who could give him a good fight. So he went looking in an entirely different direction.
“I paid a worker at New York’s zoo to re-open it just for me and [ex wife] Robin [Givens],” Tyson once told The Sun about a story that presumably took place before 1988. “When we got to the gorilla cage there was one big silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas. They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant. I offered the attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let smash that silverback’s snot box! He declined.”
News of Tyson wanting to fight a gorilla are both surprising and not typical. For years, Tyson was known as an animal lover. His pet tiger for 15 years lends credence to that statement.
It’s crazy enough as it is to own an actual tiger for so long, but it’s something else entirely to be willing to face a gorilla. For anyone else, the chances of beating a gorilla in a one on one fight would be considered infinitesimal. But for Tyson, he most likely would have walked into that cage as the overwhelming favorite.
Mike Tyson on The Passing of Nelson Cuevas: “We Lost One of The Best People in Boxing”
By: Hans Themistode
Mike Tyson has always been misunderstood.
He’s outspoken, brash, reserved, quiet and unapologetic about who he is.
The first thing that comes to mind when reading those words that describe Mike Tyson is, how can someone be both quiet and outspoken? It doesn’t make sense. But Tyson is very much introverted and extroverted.
At times, Tyson can be an open book. Willing to share his story with all that care to listen. Other times, he would shy away from people and prefer to be by himself. Tyson’s misunderstood nature led him to many public beefs with the media during his 20 year career.
There weren’t many who truly knew the former Heavyweight champion. He came off as an intimidating man who won most of his fights before he even landed a single punch. Yet, there was one man who knew Tyson better than most. While many believed the violence that Tyson displayed in the ring was just a part of who he was, New Jersey Hall of Fame cut man and trainer Nelson Cuevas knew him as being just a great young man.
“I knew Tyson since he was 13 years old,” said Nelson in an interview with Boxing Insider. “When I first met him, Cus told me that he was going to be a world champion. I wasn’t sure if he had what it took because he was so short and chubby. He was also just a shy and nice kid. In my head I thought, this kid is just way too nice to really have that killer instinct to become a champion but man was I wrong.”
“The first time that I saw him fight in my gym is when I knew he was special. He was so nice. You would think he was a sissy but when he fought, oh my gosh. He would destroy people. I remember Mike knocking out some kid that was 18 and he was 14 years old at the time so he was always just an amazing fighter. I used to advise him and he used to work out in my gym. Most of his amateur fights used to happen in my gym and he would put on a show every single time.”
The relationship between both Cuevas and Tyson runs deep. That special bond that they once shared, makes the recent death of Cuevas particularly painful.
With the entire world battling the Coronavirus pandemic, Cuevas lost his battle just a few short days ago at the age of 80.
The career of Tyson was a lavish one. His career earnings was an estimated 700 million. He spent his money on every and anything that he wanted. Fast cars, drugs, expensive clothes and even pet tigers was what Tyson emptied his funds on.
In a nutshell, he had himself a great time.
Yet, no matter how much fun Tyson had during his career, it all paled in comparison to when he spent his time with his dear friend.
“We lost one of the best people in the boxing world,” said Tyson via his Twitter account. “Nelson Cuevas died from complications with CoronaVirus. Being around him during my amateur career was the best time of my life.”