September 14, 1988 |
As if heavyweight champ Mike Tyson doesn't have enough problems, he's now being roughed up by Madison Avenue. The New York Post reported yesterday that because of his image problems (reports of a suicide attempt and wife-beating, both of which he has denied), Tyson is losing literally millions and millions of dollars, as various companies are dumping him as their TV spokesman. "Mike image is at low ebb and it's going to cost him a lot of money," reports the Post, quoting a source "close to Tyson.
February 13, 1987 |
Mike Tyson, a man who can be monstrous one minute, benign the next, is all monster right now. The undefeated World Boxing Council heavyweight champion is banging away at a sparring partner, leaving him draped across the ropes like a wet towel. The beating goes on for about three minutes. Then both fighters start snorting - one from enthusiasm, the other from exhaustion. "Time!" a handler yells, stopping - at least temporarily - the bombardment. For the sparring partner, it stops just in time.
July 2, 1992 |
If I'm following this correctly, in the months since she first accused Mike Tyson of rape, Desiree Washington, Miss Black Rhode Island, has offered the following accounting of herself and her motives: She isn't interested in money, and she only pressed charges because Tyson didn't say he was sorry. What she really wanted was to put the whole incident behind her and get on with her life. She only pressed charges because Tyson needed help. She turned down a million-dollar offer to drop the prosecution - a charge, incidentally, that the U.S. attorney in Indianapolis has been looking into for several months.
August 9, 1995 |
Mike Tyson, the once and perhaps future undisputed heavyweight champion, looked as though he longed to be somewhere else. Tastefully attired in a navy suit, white shirt and red-striped tie, the Iron One fidgeted in his chair at his first public question-and-answer session since he was released from prison in March. After promoter Don King droned on for more than an hour as part of the promotion for Tyson's return to the ring Aug. 19 in Las Vegas against unheralded Peter McNeeley, it was Tyson's turn to take center stage.
May 5, 2013 |
In the ring, Mike Tyson obliterated opponents in the blink of an eye. The thunder-and-lightning pugilist once set a Junior Olympic record by knocking out an opponent in 8 seconds, and at 20 he was the youngest heavyweight champion in history. On stage at the Academy of Music on Thursday night, the 46-year-old Tyson had a daunting task before him that required more endurance than power and speed. In his one-man show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," the ex-champ was charged with entertaining an opera house crowd full of fight fans for nearly two hours, with only his life story to propel him. So how'd he do?
October 2, 1991 |
Mike Tyson, named yesterday in a $12 million paternity suit, denied that he had failed to provide child support and accused the mother of being motivated by greed. Natalie Fears, Los Angeles real estate agent and mother of D'Amato Fears, charged in court papers that the boxer had reneged on promises including a $5 million trust fund for the boy and $20,000 a month child support. Tyson's lawyer said his client "has paid all of the child's expenses and provided hundreds of thousands of dollars" in support.
March 24, 1995 |
Mike Tyson gets his first unsupervised yardout in 1,094 days this weekend and self-anointed counselors everywhere have been availing of free air time and print to instruct him on how to resume the only trade he's ever known. At present, there are two major schools of thought. One is that Tyson should go for a title shot as soon as possible, while public curiosity is such that it probably will produce the greatest combined purse in heavyweight boxing history. The other is that he should fight his way back to top form at a measured pace against a succession of barely warm bodies, as in the old Italian aphorism so often recited to him by long deceased Svengali Cus D'Amato: Chi va piano, va sano e lontano, or "He who goes slowly, goes safely and far. " The first option already has been proposed by Rock Newman, the opportunistic manager of Riddick Bowe.
July 5, 1991 |
Those ringsiders who have sensed something missing in Mike Tyson's last few fights are quite right. Something important was missing even before Tyson let Buster Douglas heist his heavyweight title last year in Japan. It's called technique. As I make this diagnosis, I pause to stare in disbelief at a page-wide photograph that was published in a European newspaper shortly after the once- and-maybe-never-again champion settled for an awkward 12-round decision against Donovan "Razor" Ruddock in Las Vegas.
May 8, 2009 |
IT WASN'T HARD for filmmaker James Toback to get Mike Tyson to open up for his new documentary, "Tyson" - the two men have been friends for 20 years. "I met him on the set of 'The Pick-up Artist,' " Toback told Daily News film critic Gary Thompson (see Gary's review on Page 42). "He'd come down to meet [Robert] Downey. I'd heard of him from Brian Hamill, Pete's younger brother, who also boxed with Cus [D'Amato, the trainer]. He knew Mike from the time Mike was 13, and he had told me early on that Cus had said he'd never seen a fighter like Tyson.
June 24, 1989 |
In an exclusive interview yesterday, Jose Torres, author and former light- heavyweight champ, revealed he has 12 hours of taped interviews with Mike Tyson to back up some of the sensational revelations of sex and violence in his book, "Fire and Fear. " With TV crews camped outside his home in New York, Torres was interviewed in his secret midtown hideout. He was stashed there by his publisher, Warner Books, to control the media frenzy - he had more than 30 calls from reporters yesterday - surrounding the book.