Tyson – The Movie – A Must See For Boxing Fans?

‘I have to live at the top of the world or the bottom of the ocean’ – perhaps the truest words ever spoken by ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson in his incredibly honest, new ‘Tyson – The Movie’ DVD which has just been released. I didn’t know exactly what to expect when watching the DVD but as I type I sit here genuinely overthrown by a mix of contrasting emotions….

I’m in awe at Tyson’s ability. The opening of the film is just a pure masterpiece in production. It’s so good it’d be an action sequence too good for the Rocky movies. But the best bit? It actually happened. You’ll know what I mean when you watch it but it really does send a shiver of excitement down your spine. I truly believe that Mike Tyson is the best ‘fighter ‘ that has ever lived – I put emphasis on fighter as it is a completely different thing from being a ‘boxer’. Tyson’s handspeed is phenomenal, his power simply earth shattering, whilst his psyche helps him unleash the simply untameable and ferocious attacks that made him the youngest heavyweight champion of all time. Clips of him in the ring and in the gym training diligently are a joy to behold.

But yet the happiness is tinged with sadness, a feeling that this man shouldn’t need to be sitting in front of the camera recalling his tales. Sitting there, barely able to speak through the tears as he recollects good times with his close friend and trainer Cus D’Amato. Sitting there because he has to, because he needs the money – simply inconceivable for a man that has earned hundreds of dollars of pounds throughout his career.

I find myself angry at people that controlled Tyson’s career; Jim Jacobs, Bill Cayton and Don King. All made as much money from Tyson as they possibly could. I know it’s simply business but managing one of the greatest fighters of all time is an undeniable privilege. And Tyson after all wasn’t any alphabet world champion, he was the undisputed champion and one of the greatest of all time. I mean surely taking the standard 10% of Tyson $30 million a fight would be enough? It seems not. Jacobs and Cayton took over 30%, whilst King too every cent he could get his hands on.

But the final emotion, I am glad to say, is happiness. It seems Tyson has finally found some peace within himself. A happy and proud father of six children, he even talks with excitement about becoming a grandfather – quite a feat for a man that says he is shocked that he lived until he is 40.

As die hard boxing fans, many of us know the Mike Tyson story inside out but this is an absolutely must see. A masterpiece that brings together every high and low point of Tyson’s career but from the most insightful vantage point of all – the eyes of Mike himself.

Get out and buy this now – it really is a must see for all true boxing fans.

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