The Awesomeness of Mike Tyson

January 18, 2009

Time for a good ol’ Sunday post! :)

I was watching tv last night and one of those ESPN Classics specials was on. This one was a replay of one of Tyson’s earlier fights (way back in 1986 when he was ridiculously awesome!) Anyways, background on the fight: He was fighting Trevor Berbick, a former heavyweight champ, for an opportunity to fight for the world heavyweight title.

A few things:
1. Tyson’s size. At 5’11” he was a LEAN 221.5 lbs!

2. The thing I enjoy most about watching Mike’s earlier fights is the combination of speed and power he possessed. His punches just looked so much more powerful than those his opponents throw, and on top of that, those powerful punches were on his opponent so quickly too!

3. His aggressiveness. He didn’t wait around once the bell rung, he got right after his opponent and dictated the tempo of the fight. He also wasn’t afraid to get hit.

Now as a strength coach, I can do a lot to get an athlete better such as improve their strength, power, speed, etc, but there are also aspects that I cannot train. The last point is a big one in contact sports: a fear of getting hit/hurt. Sometimes there are those athletes that just have the right combo of skills AND intangibles, and Tyson in his hey-day was one of those special talents!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

CB

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2 Responses to “The Awesomeness of Mike Tyson”


  1. In his primie, Mike Tyson was a pure boxer. He had the strength, skill, and speed that made him a top performer against anyone in his weight class. I honestly believe that he could have gone a lot longer if it weren’t for the fact that his mental state and bad influences (his “posse” that basically bankrupt him) put him in a downward spiral that he never got out of. He literally went from the greatest boxer of the time to a literal criminal who in the end lost everyone’s respect for him as a fighter in lieu of a thug. It’s really unfortunate because he had so much to give to the sport of boxing much like Muhammad Ali or Lennox Lewis.

  2. Chris Brown Says:

    Well said. I couldn’t agree with you more!!


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