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This review is from: Scream: The Real Mike Tyson (Hardcover)
Mike Tyson is probbaly the second most written about boxer behind the great Muhamamd Ali. As much as enigma outside of the ropes as he was in it, the Tyson story is one of both success and sorrow.
Tyson came from a savage background, bullied in his youth he became a thug who found Boxing as his (temporary) saviour. Robbed of a place on the Olympic team by losing a decision in the amateurs to fure pro opponent (whom he stopped in 1) . Tyson made his name as a savage knockout artist who disposed of his opponents in double quick time and captured the attention of the boxing world. A world champion at just 20 (youngest hevayweight champion ever even until this day of 2007) Tyson enjoyed a peak from 1987-1990. But a series of outside the ring altercations (which would become all to familiar throughout his life) led to metal breakdowns, failed marriages, spousial abuse, a car crash and the loss of his unbeaten record. This was then followed by the imprisonment for rape, a boxing comeback, the infamous ear biting (of Evander Holyfield), further arrests for violence, embarrassments, more losses and arrests for drugs. Tyson bowed out of the ring in 2005 (after a miserable loss when an uniterested Tyson retired on his stool after round 6) and has since again lurched into a downward spiral of drink and drugs. It is a true tragedy that such a talent's life always seemed destined to end in disaster.
This is a well written book with over 400 pages (most Tyson books ive read are around 200-350 pages long) although given the source material it could easily encompass 1000. Its not perfect,however as it stands its currently the best of the Tyson Biographies (and the most recent)although i doubt it will be the last.
I would reccoemend this as well as Johnny Tapia's as itsa fascinating insight into personal self destruction and should serve as a warning to all!