Mike Tyson is a man perceived by many to be a thug. He is a convicted rapist and he once famously bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear (Holyfield was also a legend but that is another story) so at first glance Mike Tyson appears to be a man that does not deserves to be loved by anybody. However lets be honest his rape conviction was questionable to say the least (as pointed out by Donald Trump at the time) and Mike Tyson was bought up in the oppressed ghettos of New York. On rare cases the disadvantages that the oppressed and the poor face turn out to be an advantage!
The reason that I love Mike Tyson is because (like many boxers) Mike Tyson was never meant to get where he got. I would say that to this day Mike Tyson is among the most famous people in the world and in his youth was in my opinion at least one of the greatest heavyweights that ever lived. He had speed, power, a granite chin and in his youth a positive mentality and attitude. His career was short after Buster Dougles Mike Tyson was never the same fighter again and eventually of his career become a joke but I still believe that 21 year old Mike Tyson would have destroyed the likes of Lennox Lewis, Anthony Joshua and even another boxing hero of mine Evander Holyfield but like many things in boxing we will never know.
Mike Tyson was not a thug the people that surrounded him and controlled boxing were thugs people like Don King. Mike Tyson was not born violent and angry the oppression he suffered from made him violent and angry. Its like that old saying tells us; you can take a man from ghetto but you will never take the ghetto from the man.
What I love most about Mike Tyson is his realness, there is no act with Mike Tyson what you see is what you get. He is one of the most straight talking celebrities I have ever listened to. He is deemed as uneducated and even stupid but Mike Tyson was exposing the system all the way back to the early 90s. Mike Tyson is not uneducated he like (most people that live in ghettos and oppression) is street and self educated and that kind of education is real education.
For those that have never took the time I recommend that you listen to Mike Tyson, he is funny, real, sometimes over the top but always interesting and almost as fascinating to listen to as he was to watch fight.
He is a hero of mine and that says a lot because I do not have many hero’s especially celebrity hero’s but I love Mike Tyson.