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Old 04-19-2008, 04:38 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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What are your lasting opinions of Mike Tyson's boxing career?

He was a phenomenal fighter in the early going, but spiraled out of control.
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Old 04-20-2008, 10:44 AM
 
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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I can barely recall most of his fights [though i did see a few] ... but the things that stand out in my mind when i hear his name are the headlines.... Biting off pieces of an ear, beating his wife, rape, bankruptcy, jail time .... just to name a few.

sorta leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Nevada
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Default Tyson

He will always be know as the youngest Heavyweight champ of all time! He also has a good run as champ, i believe from 1986 to 91. He destroyed all they put in front of him up until Buster Douglas.

Tyson got to big to fast, he had millions at like 20 years old. He also hated to train after a certain point. I used to watch him train here in Vegas. He would train very little for huge fights. His first fight with Holyfield was a great fight, of course he ruined himself with the bite fight though!

Last i heard is that he moved back to Las Vegas and might do some small fights for charity, something like that.
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Old 04-20-2008, 01:48 PM
 
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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On fight I recall, but barely because i didnt last long ... this was probably 22-23 yrs ago

I had just about got comfortable on the couch, and Bam, it was over with.
On of those 1 punch knockout fights .... and just recall talking [with the others in the room] about how the folks who probably paid hundreds for a ticket, were probably ticked that the fight was over so quickly..... THEY too pretty much just got seated.

Yea -- he was a great fighter ... too bad he didnt' handle it better. [the success i guess.]
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Old 04-22-2008, 09:08 AM
 
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I can barely recall most of his fights [though i did see a few] ... but the things that stand out in my mind when i hear his name are the headlines.... Biting off pieces of an ear, beating his wife, rape, bankruptcy, jail time .... just to name a few.

sorta leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Yeah, ear tastes nasty!
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Old 04-22-2008, 05:03 PM
 
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Not even a top 10 heavyweight of all time.
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Old 04-22-2008, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Brunswick, ME (Hometown: Newark, N.J.)
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I would hate to be his wife. I mean, he kills them in the ring with gloves. She got beat around without them.
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Old 04-23-2008, 10:17 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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He will be known as the most destructive force ever in the heavyweight division and one of the most miserable declines in sport history.
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Old 04-23-2008, 10:28 PM
 
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In my heart, I really do feel bad for the guy.

He grew up without a father and he had a mother that needed to support 3 children. He had a lisp also (imagine growing up with that...), and without any guidance, he decided to take his anger out on others. The one male influence he did have (Don King) basically deserted him after making a few hundred thousand off of him, and so he remains alone in the world.

I agree he's done some dispicable things, but we have to look at reasons why he's done what he's done. I won't forgive him for doing what he's done because of his past, but at the same time, I think it does explain some...
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Old 04-24-2008, 11:57 AM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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The one male influence he did have (Don King) basically deserted him after making a few hundred thousand off of him, and so he remains alone in the world.
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Actually, his greatest male influence was Cus D'Amato and his wife who Mike Called Mom. After Cus died and Mike became champion, Don King came into his life and really help to ruin it. Mike was an adult by then and big enough to make his own decisions. Unfortunately, his greatest downfall was getting rid of his original trainer Kevin Rooney and dealing with King.
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