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June 15, 2005

Mike Tyson

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

What to make of Mike Tyson? Out-of-control nutcase we're well rid of, or introspective and thoughtful guy?

One of the most surprising documentaries I've ever watched was Barbara Kopple's "Mike Tyson: Fallen Champ," made shortly after his conviction for raping Desiree Washington. A gifted filmmaker who's also about as NPR-Nation/lefty-feminist as it's possible to be, Kopple finally found herself arguing that Tyson is a rather touching (if also scary) character.

The film doesn't appear to be available on DVD, but it's well worth searching out on videocassette.



posted by Michael at June 15, 2005


Tyson's financial situation is dire. He joked it off during the after-fight press conference, but the pressure of getting rid of bills must be considerable pressure. Throwing the fight may have been a seen as a good way to raise some much needed cash.

The British bookies were offering odds of 100-1 against McBride winning by KO. I haven't seen the match, but from what I read he was winning the match at the time he quit despite numerous points being taken away on infractions including a head-butt to the nose.

Perhaps Mike realised the bum wasn't going to knock him out, the ref wasn't going to DQ him, and the only option available to collect his bets was quitting.

Posted by: Philip Girvan on June 16, 2005 5:29 AM

Out-of-control nutcase we're well rid of

You assume that just because he's out of boxing that we're rid of him. I suspect otherwise.

Posted by: James Russell on June 16, 2005 6:47 AM

Only marginally on topic:

The guy who beat Tyson - McBride? I've seen him working out around town and he is the most gi-normous human being I have ever seen. Anyway, the people who know him are really, really happy, obviously.

Posted by: MD on June 16, 2005 5:30 PM

Tyson da best just coz he start losing fights coz of his age he still da bests of bests fighter

Posted by: fergy on July 1, 2005 6:55 AM

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