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His anger is that of the wronged and his love for Gus D'Amato is genuine
on 19 February 2017
Not much actual boxing here but the tales of excess are quite something. Its very tacky excess but it's the least we can expect of the most important heavyweight for me of the last 40 years. One thing I can be sure about regarding Mike Tyson is that he didn't rape Miss Black Teen America and he isn't a racist. His anger is that of the wronged and his love for Gus D'Amato is genuine. Tyson wrote this himself to a large degree, you can tell by the style, and its the most interesting aspect of the book. He's an autodidact and typically of the self taught, a narcissistic egotist of the highest order. A total fashion victim, from Maseratis' and Hennessy to the Islam conversion. Everything is for show. Aggrieved and stung about Robin Givens but uninterested in all the other women he treated like muck. In fact the women, many as they were, are an irrelevance to him, barely described or I imagine remembered. What they saw in him beggars belief? Forgettable bar Kiki his now wife. His 7/8? children are anonymous and just pile up in the background as an aside. Exodus gets mawkish maudlin tribute but only because she died. He is still very angry about the time in prison for rape but he never attributes it to Karma, recompense for his criminal past for which undeservedly he never did a day in jail. He is too full of self pity and self regard. In one sense you feel for him in his friendships. He's never had a real one, even as he names so many names. Trump is one for example. I don't think he knows that. All hangers-on or business types. But it's hard to have empathy for Tyson who is really such a bore as a person. Still Tyson is Tyson and boxing needs someone like him now. He was an awesome boxer.