Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes Reflect on Their Fight

VERONA, NY -- Turning Stone hosted "Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes" today to promoted this week's ESPN Friday Night Fights (see fact sheet below), promoted by Iron Mike Productions, at the resort casino in upstate New York.

Longtime sports columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com, Bud Poliguin, served as the moderator, asking the two Hall of Famers and world heavyweight champions a series of questions, before the floor was opened for the many fans in attendance to ask Tyson and Holmes questions.

Here are some of the highlights:

Poliguin opened by noting Tyson and Holmes had a combined career record of 119-12, including a total of 44 world title fights between them.

In 1988, Tyson, 21, stopped Holmes, 38, in the fourth round in Atlantic City for the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles

Holmes:  "What I remember was Don King knocking at my door around 9 at night.  I was retired two years.  Don said he wanted me to fight somebody he said he knew I could beat. I asked him who and he said, Mike Tyson.  I said I can't beat Mike Tyson. Don said, what if I give you 3 ½ million dollars, and I said: 'Where's Mike at?' I'm just glad he didn't kill me.  He knocked me down a few times but I didn't feel it because the first time he hit me I was numb.  After the fight Mike said he loved me and I said, 'Why'd you knockout my ass?'  Mike's a great guy."

Tyson:  "It was a great opportunity to be in the ring with one of the great fighters of all time.  It was a milestone in my career.  He didn't have time to prepare.  I never fought the great Larry Holmes.  I had no delusions; by all means, I didn't fight the Holmes who fought Ali.

"I was very objective in the ring, nothing personal, but I'd have hit my mother.  If I had mercy on him, he may have knocked my ass out.  He didn't have enough time to prepare when he fought me.  Don didn't give him the opportunity."

Holmes:  "I'm glad Mike beat me that day or else I'd have nothing to talk about."

Highlight fight of their respective careers

HOLMES:  "Kenny Norton because so many people said I couldn't do it, my legs were too small, and I was just a copy of Muhammad Ali.  But I did the work and had the dedication."

TYSON:  "Buster Douglas.  I needed that fight to make me a better person and fighter and have a broader perspective of myself and boxing."

Concussions in boxing

TYSON: "I'm sure I had some concussions.  When I signed my pro contract at 17 there was an unwritten clause that it was possible that you'd die.  We knew and saw it but didn't think it could happen to us."

HOLMES:  "I never thought it would happen to me.  My style was to move here and there.  I didn't get hit hard too often.  Mike knocked me down, I got up, I thought the next was a slip, and he knocked me down again.  I thought I'd get up and hit him with an uppercut but my arm got caught in the rope.  I got hit hard by Ernie Shavers, too."

TYSON:  "That was a feat of strength.  He looked like he got shot by a shotgun. It was amazing.

HOLMES:  "I was amazed, too."

Tyson as a promoter and a fighter to watch Friday night

TYSON:  "We have a young kid from Pittsburgh, Sammy Vasquez.  He's a sensational fighter and a war veteran.  We've promoted two shows on ESPN and one on ShoBox.  In those three we either tied or broke the record for viewers.  I'm grateful to be on ESPN again."

Favorite Boxing Movie

HOLMES:  "Rocky, the first one, but I don't like the guy playing him."

TYSON:  "Raging Bull."

Sport they would have been in if not boxers

TYSON: "Just a fighter, I never wanted to be anything but a fighter."

HOLMES: "Fighter.....and running back for the Dallas Cowboys."

Tags: Mike Tyson image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BOXEO _ on 06-06-2014

Great stuff. Freakin legends the both of them.

Comment by TyrantT316 on 06-05-2014

It also sounds like Don King straight up lied to Holmes (telling Holmes that he should come out of retirement because he could beat Tyson) in order to get Tyson a top name that TYSON could beat.

Comment by TyrantT316 on 06-05-2014

Good read. I like hearing from the fighters and how they view times in the past. Even nice to hear Mike's honesty about himself as a fighter, Holmes as his opponent and even the mark that the Douglas loss left…

Comment by BattlingNelson on 06-05-2014

Good stuff. Great with the mutual respect. I didn't expect that at all as Holmes was very vocally disgusted with Tyson back then.

Comment by Clegg on 06-05-2014

"I was very objective in the ring, nothing personal but I'd have hit my mother' :lol1:

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Hearn: I'd Banish DiBella For Wearing Silly Ear Ring, Hat at His Age Vanes: I Believe We've Got The Blueprint To Beat Golovkin! Carl Frampton vs. Nonito Donaire - CompuBox Punch Stats Broner vs. Vargas - CompuBox Punch Stats Tekashi69 Crew Member Allegedly Fired Gun at Broner Card Hearn: Canelo's Six Month Ban is Not a Tough Enough Message Juergen Braehmer, Team Sauerland Decide To Part Ways Golovkin Willing to Drug Test from May to September for Canelo Arum: Valdez vs. Frampton Will Not Be Difficult To Make Daud Yordan Shocks, Crushes Pavel Malikov in Russia Oscar Rivas Stays Busy, Stops Sergio Ramirez in The Second Broner: Vargas Wants Rematch Because It's Most Money He'll Make Photos: Gervonta Davis Blasts Out Jesus Cuellar For WBA Belt Kell Brook Very Confident: I'll Destroy Amir Khan! Photos: Jermall Charlo Crushes Hugo Centeno in Easy Two Photos: Broner, Vargas Battle Hard To a Draw - HUGE Gallery Photos: Amir Khan Destroys Phil Lo Greco in 39 Seconds Eddie Hearn: Khan & Brook Want To Bash Each Other Up Trump is Considering a Posthumous Pardon For Jack Johnson Khan: I'm Back With a Big Bang, Lo Greco Was a Dangerous Foe Video: Gervonta Davis Talks Cuellar Win, Future Options Video: Jermall Charlo Discusses Gennady Golovkin, More Gervonta Davis: I Want IBF Belt, I Want Farmer-Dib Winner Video: Eddie Hearn on Khan's Win, Brook, Canelo's Ban, More Video: Amir Khan Discusses Win Over Lo Greco, The Future Vargas: I Thought I Beat Broner, But I Can't Dispute The Decision Jermall Charlo: Bring on Golovkin - I Want That Fight! Broner: I Won That Fight, You All Know I Beat Jessie Vargas! Ramon Alvarez Decisions Jorge Paez Over Ten Rounds Adrien Broner, Jessie Vargas Battle To a Majority Draw Adrien Broner vs. Jessie Vargas - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jermall Charlo Demolishes Hugo Centeno in Two For Interim Belt Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gervonta Davis Crushes Jesus Cuellar in Three For WBA Title Gervonta Davis vs. Jesus Cuellar - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Adrien Broner vs. Jessie Vargas - CompuBox Historical Review Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno - CompuBox Historical Review Amir Khan To Kell Brook: I'm Chasing You, Remember That! Gervonta Davis vs. Jesus Cuellar - CompuBox Historical Review Carl Frampton Outboxes Nonito Donaire For WBO Interim-Title
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement