View Full Version : Mike Tyson's ring attire...


Mintcar923
04-09-2012, 07:42 PM
I never much thought about it, but why did Mike insist on wearing only black trunks since '86? Also, was he the innovator in wearing a torn towel? I don't recall any boxers really doing that prior to him...

Barnburner
04-09-2012, 07:46 PM
He wore fully black in remembrance of Cus D'Amato.

catalinul
04-09-2012, 08:41 PM
Yeah he wore the solid black trunks and boots as a method of mourning I think.

F A R L A P
04-09-2012, 09:26 PM
Wasn't the all black copying Marciano?

cja07007
04-10-2012, 12:11 AM
I thought the black shoes no socks was after Dempsey?

Scott9945
04-10-2012, 12:47 AM
I thought the black shoes no socks was after Dempsey?

That's what I thought. And Mike was wearing that gear before D'Amato died too.

Verstyle
04-10-2012, 12:52 AM
I thought the black shoes no socks was after Dempsey?

Yeah it was after Dempsey.

Redd Foxx
04-10-2012, 01:08 AM
I believe Mike was even fined once by the commission for rockin the black trunks to a fight when he was supposed to show in a different color (the commentators mention it, though I don't recall which fight it was).

Verstyle
04-10-2012, 01:11 AM
I believe Mike was even fined once by the commission for rockin the black trunks to a fight when he was supposed to show in a different color (the commentators mention it, though I don't recall which fight it was).

The Berbick fight. The champion gets to wear the colors and Tyson had to pay a hefty fine for wearing it also. It was his shining moment so I can understand it.

VIPrice
04-10-2012, 07:10 AM
as far as i know no socks with his shoes was after dempsey, his haircut after dempsey, i thought he just liked black and felt it fit his persona, the torn towel was done by sonny liston i think, another fighter who tyson admired.

Ray Corso
04-10-2012, 08:53 AM
Tysons number one boxing hero is Dempsey! His style is from Cus but the method is all Dempsey. Ray.

The Iron Man
04-10-2012, 11:16 AM
From what I've read it was a Dempsey tribute, but the mourning reason is quite interesting.

As for the towel, it was just a make shift thing that Rooney came up with. It was a cold night and they didn't want Tyson getting cold on the way to the ring (He traditionally went on the ring walk with no robe or top) so he cut a hole in a towel and put it over Tyson.

CarlosG815
04-10-2012, 12:51 PM
From what I've read it was a Dempsey tribute, but the mourning reason is quite interesting.

As for the towel, it was just a make shift thing that Rooney came up with. It was a cold night and they didn't want Tyson getting cold on the way to the ring (He traditionally went on the ring walk with no robe or top) so he cut a hole in a towel and put it over Tyson.


Bingo. As far as the black trunks being in mourning of Cus I do not think this is the case, because he was still wearing random colored trunks after his death.

I think it was just part of his mental intimidation.

-jose-
04-10-2012, 02:58 PM
Bingo. As far as the black trunks being in mourning of Cus I do not think this is the case, because he was still wearing random colored trunks after his death.

I think it was just part of his mental intimidation.
I agree
No flashy colors
No fancy robe
Just straight up business
when he walked in that ring the fight was over
before that first bell...the opponent just froze once
he gave that first look
the opponent had no other choice but to look
at him not his attire.

Anthony342
04-10-2012, 04:25 PM
Didn't Sonny Liston also start the whole boxers using entrance music while heading to the ring? I heard Liston had the song Night Train playing often when he would walk to the ring. Did any boxers use entrance music before Liston? After this became a popular practice in pro wrestling, more and more boxers started using entrance music for main events until now every main event has it. Pacquiao even recently had Jimi Jameson of Survivor accompanying him to the ring to sing Eye of the Tiger, even though Dave Bickler, Survivor's first lead vocalist, originally sang that song.

Barnburner
04-10-2012, 05:10 PM
I was always informed that it was due to mourning, learn something new everyday on here.

Ray Corso
04-10-2012, 05:35 PM
Sonny had "Night Train" playing often during training! Tyson wore black trunks in tribute to Dempsey. He wanted to wear black at the training center in the Nationals too but that wasn't happening. Ray.

Anthony342
04-10-2012, 10:12 PM
But whose considered the first boxer to have music playing when he walked to the ring? Or was this something boxers didn't really do until the '80s? But who started that whole thing? I'm just really curious about that now.

TyrantT316
04-11-2012, 09:11 AM
Not sure how it began (mourning or not), but I am pretty sure it at least became business. Boxing is a business. The minimal flash was a great fit for his persona. That he was an all business type of fighter who wasn't concerned with looking pretty. Just knocking heads off.

Mintcar923
04-14-2012, 12:05 AM
Also, it's interesting when you look at the Pinklon Thomas fight the HBO commentators mention a coin was tucked in one of his shoes...

richwasson4
04-14-2012, 03:33 AM
http://www.infoocean.info/avatar4.jpgI don't recall any boxers really doing that prior to him...