Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mike Tyson Discusses Boxing's State, And The Future

By James Blears

"Iron" Mike Tyson is convinced the US government will become increasingly involved in legislating sports, and he’s sure that the hard knocks of boxing, are inextricably linked to the rough and tumble of cut throat politics, and he speaks from personal experience when he states that you can’t put an old head on young shoulders.

Words of wisdom indeed, from the former formidable fighter who spent most of his ring career, trying to separate opponents’ heads from the rest of their anatomy.

Mike - articulate, trim and genial, and at ease with life, has been the guest of Mexico’s Tourism Board at an event in downtown Mexico City.

In a sit down interview afterwards, Mike KO’d the logic of anyone trying to talks sense into the head of a wunderkind boxing champion, who has the world… as well as opponents at his feet. He ruefully reflected: “You can’t say anything, because he’s just not going to listen. You say good luck brother. That’s all. I didn’t listen to what people told me, although I knew what happened to Muhammad Ali, Jose Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson.

“People say these guys are tough. But they mean tough, because boxers can endure and not give up. That’s why people admire fighters.”

Mike doesn’t believe that boxers at the end of a ring career should undergo a crash course on how to duck the hard knocks that the next phase of their lives can deal them. He’s convinced that Government is going to play an increasing hands on role in the coming years, explaining: “It’s a new day. This is what’s going to happen, and real soon. There is going to be health insurance and all that. Government is going to have to get involved in sports, I believe.”  

Ask a layman about today’s heavyweight division, and names won’t trip off the tongue, like Ali, Marciano, Dempsey and Sullivan of yester year. Mike bluntly suggests people don’t know, because they don’t retain any interest. He insists that knowledge is power, and as a student of the game he of all people should know.

Explaining that the origin of the red and the blue corners, can be traced back to political parties, Mike said they egged on their champions, who’s fists decided what wards and districts would go to whom, via a controlled slugfest, rather than a full scale riot.

Mike suggests: “That’s how politics became involved in boxing, and that’s why politics is so like boxing. Once you’re in the ring you don’t know who’s going to win until the fight is over, and everything goes!

“They say they’ve got rules, but when you’re in there fighting, everything goes. Head butts, elbows- everything, between the two fighters. The unsanctioned rules of boxing.”

Mike doesn’t dwell on what might have been, but rather on what actually currently is. He reflects: “Everything happens for a reason, because I’m doing well for myself, I have the respect of my family, I’m not the guy I used to be, and I’m living life on my terms.”

Tags: Mike Tyson image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PAC-BOY on 07-15-2012

Its a shame he had to leave Boxing to become a good guy! I like mike from day1. Hes done good for Boxing and brought it back on the map after the Ali era! ATG IMO!

Comment by jbpanama on 07-15-2012

[QUOTE=jbpanama;12332774]None of todays Crop, could have dealt with early Prime Tyson, and that goes for most of the Heavy's over the last 50 yrs...The Cat was a Wreaking Machine!!![/QUOTE] I think, the only Cat, that would have really dealt with…

Comment by lefthook2daliva on 07-14-2012

[QUOTE=finbowy;12332853]we need the heavyweight scene back tired of this [B][SIZE="5"]banter weight[/SIZE][/B] B.S.[/QUOTE] :lol1: You should lurk a few years before you post any more.

Comment by finbowy on 07-14-2012

we need the heavyweight scene back tired of this banter weight B.S.

Comment by lefthook2daliva on 07-14-2012

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;12332325]"Iron" Mike Tyson is convinced the US government will become increasingly involved in legislating sports...[/QUOTE] Why not? The US government is becoming increasingly involved in legislating everything else...:sad: Hell, they might actually do some good. Boxing is one of the…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (10)
Top Headlines Josh Taylor: The Next Step Could Be Anthony Yigit, Euro Title Frampton Admits: Performance Was Mediocre, But Win is a Win Eric Donovan Back on December 2, National Stadium in Dublin Bellew's Coach Expects Haye To Shed Weight, Come in Lighter Macklin Gives His Take on Frampton's Win, Conlan's TKO Loss Golovkin: If There is a Big Fight at 168 - I Would Move Up Dela Torre Vows To Bounce Back After Loss To Nyambayar Evander Holyfield Helps Boxing Take Major Fighter Safety Strides David Price: I Felt Joshua Would Wipe Wilder Out - Not Anymore Shawn Porter: I'm Ready For Keith Thurman as Soon as Possible! Custio Clayton vs. Carlos Molina on Saunders vs. Lemieux Card Jacobs: I Saw in Golovkin's Eyes at The End, He Was a Beaten Man Wilder: Joshua Wants One More Payday Before Fighting Me Amir Khan Under Fire, Old Tweet Comes Back To Haunt Him Guillermo Jones Edges Perea For WBA Belt, Carlos Adames Wins Sergio Martinez Feels Brian Castano Should Stay Away From Lara Oscar Valdez's Manager To Meet With Top Rank, Discuss Big 2018 Constantin Bejenaru vs. Thabiso Mchunu - Undercard Information Tete's 11-Second KO of Gonya Quickest Ever in World Title Fight Kell Brook Backs Conor Benn To 'Carry The Flag' at Welterweight Joseph Parker Budges: I'll Take 35% To Fight Anthony Joshua Max Ornelas Gets Lopsided Win at WinnaVegas Casino Photos: Julian Williams Beats a Very Game Ishe Smith in Las Vegas Carl Frampton: The Team Can Decide My Next Opponent Gilberto Ramirez: I Must Be Better With Ahmed Than in Hart Fight Eleider Alvarez Gives The Latest on Adonis Stevenson Situation Kovalev Explains Why Leaving Jackson Was The Right Move Frank Warren: Frampton At Windsor Park Coming Next Summer Barker: Wilder Will Have Tough Time With Joshua's Skill Set Video: Julian Williams on Ishe Smith Win, Reacts To Trout, More Photos: Anthony Dirrell Edges Denis Douglin in Tough Bout Video: Austin Trout Talks Canelo-Golovkin, Williams, Hurd, More Video: Trainer Breaks Down Julian Williams Win Over Ishe Smith Bellew: I Can 100% Beat Parker, No Way Can He Deal With Joshua! De La Hoya: I Won't Chase McGregor, The Challenge Was Made! Mike Gavronski Wins WBA Regional Title, Beats Hernandez Oscar Vasquez, Gabriel Flores, Bruno Escalante Win in Reno Bryant Cruz Stops Luna: Micah, Lawson Pick Up Wins Deontay Wilder - From Mild-Mannered To Motormouth Ishe Smith: I Fought My Ass Off, The Judges Saw What They Saw
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement