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?
June 1, 2012 |
MIKE TYSON and I go back 22 years, back to spending endless hours in his Tokyo hotel room shooting the breeze when he wasn't on the phone to Robin Givens, his estranged wife, back home. I worked for The National Sports Daily back then, and in a few days, he was going to be our first huge story, the photo of him on his knees grappling for his fallen mouthpiece through swelled eyes, an image no one but James "Buster" Douglas imagined or anticipated. Those days in the hotel room before that fight were my first glimpse into how he thought, how troubled and confused he was, which is one reason Wednesday's 50-minute phone conversation will go down as one of the best days I've had in the business - better even than that Tokyo Sunday afternoon when his topple from "Baddest Man on the Planet" rocked the world and sent our just-forged friendship right into Don King's toilet.
April 20, 2011 |
Having spent more than 25 years on the celebrity-gossip beat, Barry Levine arguably has better war stories than any reporter who hasn't been embedded with armed forces overseas. Levine's (mis)adventures range from getting hit in the leg with buckshot while in a helicopter hovering above the Don Johnson-Melanie Griffith wedding, to spending a bizarre Halloween with singer Liza Minnelli and then-husband David Gest at their posh Manhattan home. But nothing comes close to topping the time he was physically threatened by none other than former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson.
May 12, 2009 |
James Toback, filmmaker, and Mike Tyson, fighter, met on the set of Toback's The Pick-up Artist back in the mid-1980s. The shoot was at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York. And by the wee hours, after cast and crew had long gone, Toback, a Harvard grad steeped in philosophy, was talking Heidegger and Kierkegaard, dread and nothingness, with Tyson. And Tyson, a gangbanger from Brooklyn who had done time in juvenile jail and would become the youngest world heavyweight champion by year's end, was listening, asking questions, fully engaged.
May 8, 2009 |
Soft-spoken, contemplative, weepy, the subject of James Toback's documentary Tyson - Mike Tyson, former heavyweight champion of the world - is not the ferocious, ear-biting, head-butting convicted rapist ("falsely accused," he insists) that the media have painted him to be. Well, he could be all that, too. A hugely engrossing documentary portrait - albeit one with an unreliable narrator sitting for the portrait - Tyson is an American Dream story with a decidedly bittersweet middle (and final?
October 22, 1999 |
Once, he was his sport's Michael Jordan. Now, two-time former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is more like boxing's Dennis Rodman. Rodman brought attention to himself by cross-dressing, dying his hair outrageous colors, dating Madonna and tattooing every visible part of his body. But that meant something only as long as he had his platform, and that platform was the Jordan-led Chicago Bulls' dynasty and all the rebounds Rodman provided for it. Take away his platform and Rodman, now out of the NBA, is reduced to nothing more than an oddity; his antics have ceased to matter much to a public that has stopped paying attention.
May 1, 1997 |
Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson has married Monica Turner, his longtime girlfriend, the Washington Post reported yesterday. The newspaper said it learned from unidentified sources it described as "close to the couple" that Tyson and Turner were married in a small, private ceremony at her Bethesda, Md., home several days ago. It said Tyson's co-manager, Rory Holloway, and his Muslim mentor, Muhammed Siddeeq, refused to comment. The newspaper reported that Siddeeq performed the ceremony.
October 1, 1996 |
Mike Tyson was ordered yesterday by a federal jury in Albany, N.Y., to pay Kevin Rooney, his former trainer, more than $4.4 million. His supporters criticized the verdict as racially motivated. Rooney, who is white, had sued Tyson for $49 million, claiming the boxer had broken a lifetime contract by firing him in 1988. Tyson promised he would appeal what he called a "peculiar" and "unjust" verdict. But he would not comment specifically when asked if he thought the decision was racially motivated.
May 4, 1995 |
The New York Islanders yesterday fired head coach Lorne Henning after his first season behind the bench of the National Hockey League team. Under Henning the Islanders finished last in the seven-team Atlantic Division, failing to make the playoffs with a 15-28-5 record. Henning played for the Islanders during their first nine seasons in the league. The Islanders have not named a successor. The Jets are gone from Winnipeg, but where and when remains unclear. A last attempt to sell the financially ailing team to a local group failed, meaning Canada will lose one of its eight NHL teams.
April 27, 1995 |
The checkered career and complex character of boxer Mike Tyson are dramatically illustrated and fairly examined in Tyson, a pay-cable telemovie showing this weekend. Little-known Michael Jai White plays the title role adequately in Tyson, which airs at 8 p.m. Saturday on Home Box Office. White, who holds black belts in five styles of karate, has the physique, strength and agility to portray the powerful fighter convincingly. George C. Scott is properly crusty as Cus D'Amato, Tyson's first manager, and Paul Winfield is hilariously flamboyant as Don King, Tyson's current promoter.