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The Man formerly known as the Baddest Man on the Planet

By Edited Oct 3, 2016 0 0

"My style is impetuous, my defense,impregnable……praise Allah" You may think that the quote is from Muhammad Ali but your quite off. It is not Ali who said it but from another former heavyweight champ. Another boxing legend said that line after a post match interview. Actually, the match seemed more like an exhibition since he easily defeated the opponent at a short time. He also said on same interview that he only trained for two weeks in preparation for the match.

This boxer is so great in his prime that in his matches, it seems, he is simply cruising on his opponents, the only boxer to unify or hold the WBC, WBA, and IBF titles at the same time, the youngest heavyweight champion in history, and to have won his first 19 professional matches by knockout (12 of which happened on the first round).

Sadly, that same talent made him destructive and unstable outside the ring and even earned him the title of "baddest man on the planet". You may have already figured out that am referring to Mike Tyson. Also called "Iron Mike", Tyson's illustrious career is also marred run-ins with the law and domestic violence. He is convicted of raping Desiree Washington and was imprisoned, was also imprisoned and fined for assaulting two motorists due to a traffic altercation, DQ'd because of biting off a portion of Holyfield's ear during their match, etc…

As researched, Tyson's early career is guided by trainer Cus D'Amato. D'Amato is the same trainer who directed and led the careers of Floyd Patterson and Jose Torres. Said trainer legally adopted Tyson when his mother died. Unfortunately, D'Amato did not live to see his prized student achieve the title of "youngest heavyweight champion". Many speculated that the passing of D'Amato is the starting point of Tyson's trouble in his personal life and career.

Even with all this blemishes on Tyson's career, his skills and achievement cannot be argued. He is a great boxer who lost his way. I could only imagine what other achievements he would attain if he was guided properly, was not violent, or is thinking straight.



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