While he’s become a bit of a meme in recent years, Mike Tyson was once one of the most fearsome fighters to ever step into the ring. During his prime, Iron Mike could dispatch virtually any opponent in a matter of seconds; with a comeback against Roy Jones Jr. on the cards, the former heavyweight champ still has plenty of confidence in his abilities.
In a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon, Tyson was asked about how he would fare in a fight against some marquee names. Never short of confidence, he boldly claimed that he could beat the likes of Rocky Balboa and Conor McGregor.
Mike Tyson was once one of boxing’s most fearsome fighters
In 2020, Mike Tyson has become more of a pop-cultural figure than an athlete. That current reality, however, shouldn’t overshadow just how dominant he looked during his prime.
Tyson grew up in Brooklyn but, after frequent run-ins with the law, found himself in upstate New York at the Tyron School for Boys. While that could have ruined his life, it actually set Iron Mike on the path to fame and fortune.
At Tyron, Tyson sought out Bobby Stewart, a former boxer working as a counselor. The teenager wanted to learn the sweet science from a former pro; after a few lessons, however, Stewart realized that he was working with someone special.
Stewart introduced Mike to Cus D’Amato, changing the course of boxing history. The legendary trainer realized Tyson had incredible strength, but raw power alone doesn’t make a champion; that’s where the peek-a-boo technique came in.
Armed with his brute strength and newfound defensive discipline, Tyson claimed two Junior Olympic gold medals and turned pro. While things eventually collapsed in dramatic fashion, Iron Mike still established himself as one of the most fearsome fighters we’ve ever seen; when you pile up 44 career knockouts and earn the title of ‘the baddest man on the planet,’ you’re probably pretty tough.
Comebacks against a great white shark and Roy Jones Jr.
For all of Mike Tyson’s success, it’s been a while since we’ve seen the former heavyweight champ set foot in the ring. This year, however, Iron Mike will be mounting a comeback.
Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet