Who knows Mike Tyson? He is a retired heavyweight boxer and a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles, he was 20 years, 4 months and 22 days old then. He is a 5 foot 10 with a 180 cm reach and known for having a very powerful punch and an intimidating aura which came to calls him as “Iron” Mike.
But every hardcore fans of boxing knows the story of Mike. His rise to the heavyweight elites, his dominating and pulverizing KOs’ of opponents, and his downfall. We saw his anger, his ego and his destruction on and off the ring. And for a while the people who once loved Mike starts to decline.
For the years past, we became the spectators and commentators on how Mike became who he is. We loved him, we idolized him, we ridiculed him and we despise him, but we forgot that the man with that brute force and animalistic power is just human.
After reading the article about Mike in Yahoo News, I became somewhat intrigued because for all those years knowing who Mike is, now I’m seeing another man. The soft side of a once most feared boxer in the world.
According to Yahoo, he takes the stage in Las Vegas but not to fight other opponent, but to talk about his chequered life as a childhood thief, an ear-biting fighter, an addict and a father of eight. Talks about his shadows of the past.
Tyson recalled growing up in a household with an absent father and an overburdened mother, and talked about how his older brother, Rodney, became a doctor, while he was a thief as a child. He illustrates how different their lives have been, though both came from the tough Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville.
“People think they know Mike Tyson but this is a totally different angle,” Steck said. “The way he approaches life, he’s a very spiritual guy and has learned so many lessons from life.”
But the best part of the article was what he said when turning his thoughts back to Mike Tyson the man, he said “You can only be an [athlete] for a certain part of your life. But you’re gonna be a human for the rest of your life. So you work hard to become a better human.” Which can be used in everyday life for every one of us. Just take out the “athlete” word and change it to your profession or anything you want to be and you will see how that words from a fallen champ fits your life.
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