MIKE TYSON PART 5: JAIL AND BEYOND

MIKE TYSON EMERGED AS MALIK ABDUL AZIZ

Malik Abdul Aziz AKA Mike Tyson

San Francisco, CA– It is March 1995, Mike Tyson has just been released from an Indiana prison for what this writer (with a law enforcement background) thought was a bogus rape conviction concocted by Desiree Washington in 1992. During his incarceration, Tyson converted to Islam and his name was now Malik Abdul Aziz. Complete with skull cap and Don King by his side, Mike Tyson looked a little soft from the s*it food they feed you in the joint. Even with an abundance of cash, the selection of prison grub was limited, thus the Cup of Noodles and Hostess Cup Cake diet turned the one time “Baddest Man on The Planet” into human Silly Putty.

FIVE MONTHS LATER TYSON CONTINUED NEVER COMPLETED COMEBACK!

This would be Mike Tyson’s second comeback, with the first being after he got drilled in Tokyo, Japan by 37-1 underdog Buster Douglas. What many of you didn’t know was that the man who captivated the sports world until Douglas was through! In August 1995, I was doing radio for Showtime PPV as Tyson’s first fight since losing to Desiree Washington was with “ham & egger” Peter McNeeley. The son of Tom McNeeley, Peter was less of a fighter than his journeyman father. Daddy McNelley’s, then 23-0, claim to fame was a 1961 World heavyweight title shot with Floyd Patterson that ended inside of four fistic stanzas.

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STAKES HEAVY IN STIVERNE-WILDER SATURDAY

AMERICAN HOPES REST ON DEONTAY WILDER

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Wilder-Stiverne-King

New York– This weekend could produce the first American born heavyweight (200 lbs+) titlehoder since Shannon Briggs, who briefly held the WBO strap in 2007. Since then all heavyweight titleholders have originated outside of US borders. But this could change with America’s Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32KOs) facing off against the current WBC champion Bermaine Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) of Canada and Haiti.

DON KING FIGHTER HAS “EXPERIENCE” EDGE

Both Wilder and Stiverne are solid fighters with similar resumes, although Stiverne who is promoted by Don King has the biggest single name on his resume in Chris Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs). Arreola, a strong contender was on a quest to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent but was thhwarted inside the distance by Stiverne who made history himself becoming the first heavyweight champ of Hatian descent. This victory was further solidified when Stiverne repeated the act by defeating Arreola in the rematch via stoppage. Arreola claimed that a broken nose caused him to drop an initial decision loss to Stiverne, but Arreola was clearly outclassed the second time around.

WILDER FIGHTS DON’T LAST TOO LONG!

At 6’7, Deontay Wilder is among the tallest of the current Heavyweight challengers. His win and KO percentage is perfect, as he has won all of his fights by stoppage. Another telling stat is the fact that none of his bouts have gone past four rounds. On paper, he’s a monster and seems primed to offer a real challenge to linear champ Wladimir Klitschko, the man who holds all of the remaining major heavyweight titles. But he will only get a shot at unifying these titles if he can get past Stiverne, who should offer Wilder his toughest challenge.

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MIKE TYSON PART 4: “BOGUS” RAPE CASE?

Desiree Washington

Mike Tyson 1991 Mug Shot


“IRON MIKE” SERIES HAS IRKED SOME

San Francisco, CA– Having written for others to read for some 44 years or so, I have gotten to the point to I rarely where give a s*it about what people think about me or what I produce. That being said, for those of you that are going to go ballistic at my saying trainer Cus D’Amato and former World handball champion ( Mike Tyson co-manager) Jim Jacobs (both deceased) shared a studio apartment in New York City for five years. Gee, you would have thought I had called the Pope a faggot during a Catholic mass.

TYSON TRIES TO RECOVER FROM DOUGLAS LOSS!

After getting busted up by Buster Douglas in February, Mike Tyson needed to resurrect his boxing career and chose his amateur nemesis Henry Tillman to start anew. Tillman, who had some success at cruiserweight (then 190 lbs. & now 200) had twice beaten Tyson in the run up to the 1984 Olympics. Tillman would win the Gold beating Canada’s Willie D’Wit on points (Willie stopped Tillman as a professional). Mike stopped a scared looking Tillman in round one. From the third row, the fear was as apparent as Tyson’s insurmountable disdain for Henry.

EMBARRASSING NIGHT FOR PROFESSIONAL FIGHTER

Next up was Alex Stewart, who although he had an impressive record, was best known for losing a war with Evander Holyfield the year before. Alex’s record was manufactured by two guys best known for under developing Gerry Cooney. Dubbed the “Wacko Twins,” they are the late Mike Jones and Dennis Rappaport.

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MIKE TYSON STORY PART 3: CUS D’AMATO

CUS RESCUES TYSON FROM EARLY DEMISE

San Francisco, CA– Having done a ton of research in my time, Mike Tyson was probably one of the easiest subjects to write an expose on. When I first met Mike he was 17-years old, a former ghetto urchin who had been rescued when Cus D’Amato, a trainer who became prominent when he signed Floyd Patterson after the future two-time heavyweight champion had won the 1952 Olympics at 165 lbs. D’Amato is alleged to have stood up against the Mafia and refused to fight fighters connected to Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo.

Frankie "Mr. Gray" Carbo


MOB & MADISON SQUARE GARDEN RAN BOXING

Palermo and Carbo ran boxing with an iron fist from the 1940s until US Attorney General Robert Kennedy shut their operation down in the early 1960s. Carbo, a member of the Lucchese crime family, was charged with eight murders, which resulted only in only one conviction for Manslaughter after snuffing out a cab driver who refused to pay “protection money” in 1931. For that, Frankie got less than two years in the slam.

CUS WOULD NOT DEAL WITH MR. GRAY

When fighters or their managers got a call from Carbo, he used the alias “Mr. Gray.” Frankie would tell them how their upcoming fight(s) would end. If they did not comply with Mr. Gray’s directive, they would either end up maimed or in some instances dead.

MARCIANO’S PEOPLE AVOIDED MOB AS WELL

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THE MIKE TYSON STORY PART 2

PART ONE ENDED WITH KO OF CARL WILLIAMS

Mike Tyson In His Prime

San Francisco, CA– Having just dispatched Carl “The Truth” Williams and pushing his professional record to 37-0 with 33 KOs, Mile Tyson truly was recognized as the “Baddest Man on The Planet.” But being only 5’10, I always had my doubts regarding Tyson being able to remain champion. This had a lot to do with a face to face encounter he had with Michael Nunn in 1984 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

VERBAL FIGHT TYSON DID NOT WIN!

While everybody was kicking back after a day of training, a large number of the eventual 1984 United States Olympic boxing team were sitting in a huge jacuzzi. As guys like to do, especially Black youth, there was a good old fashion “capping session” going on. This usually entails talking bad about one another, their sisters, girlfriends, and occasionally your mother.

THAT NIGHT MICHAEL NUNN WAS SECOND TO NONE!

Future World middleweight (160 lbs.) champion Michael “Second To” Nunn, then fighting at 165 lbs. in the amateur ranks was a skinny kid from Davenport, Iowa. With everybody hurling slurs and “capping” on one another, Tyson, not the most eloquent of the bunch said something about Nunn’s mother. I believe he stole a line from comedian Richard Pryor when he blurted out, “I knew your mama when she was hoeing.” This was the equivalent to calling Nunn’s mother a prostitute. Read more

LOOKS LIKE UFC KING JON JONES ON STEROIDS

“SMOKE & MIRRORS” ON COCAINE TESTS
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San Francisco, CA– What got lost in the story of UFC light heavyweight (205 lbs.) Jon Jones testing positive for Cocaine a month prior to his win last week over Daniel Cormier was the fact that JJ’s Testosterone level was .29 to 1. Ideally, Jones’s level should be about 4 or 5 to 1. Nobody tests that low unless they are like 90 years old, or have abused their bodies with Steroids to an extent where they cannot NO LONGER produce the hormone that is the driving force in the male body.

CHEATERS REWARDED WITH NOW BANNED T.R.T.

Fighters like Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, these men did cheat and were rewarded for a while when the UFC was backing Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Last year the Nevada Athletic Commission jumped in and banned TRT use by athletes in combat sports. In short, this was “Legalized Steroids” and the UFC only woke up after Vitor beat UFC Prez Dana White’s friend Michael Bisping in incredible fashion.

DO THE MATH PLEASE

If an 80-year old man has 20% of the Testosterone, and an average man peaks at 5-1, then Jon Jones apparently has a LOWER Testosterone level than that a man entering his ninth decade of life.

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MIKE TYSON STORY PART 1

FROM 1981 TO 1989

Mike Tyson At 19

TYSON LAST HEAVYWEIGHT CHILD PRODIGY

San Francisco, CA– When Mike Tyson burst upon the national boxing scene, it was as an amateur in 1984. Losing to eventual 1984 Olympic champ Henry Tillman, even though he had hurt and knocked Henry down. Tillman would eventually win the Olympic Gold. Prior, Tyson had competed in both the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympics and won the ’81 title at 201 lbs. Tyson had never lost in the Junior Olympics and also holds the quickest KO (8 seconds) in J.O. history. In addition, the prodigy won every bout in JO competition by KO.

D’AMATO THOUGHT MIKE “CINCH” TO BE CHAMP

Cus D’Amato,Tyson’s quasi father and trainer, Cus realized that Mike’s style was better suited for the professional boxing ranks and thus turned him professional in March 1985 with a KO 1 of Hector Mercedes. Mike would go on to stop his next 18 opponents before going the ten round distance with James “Quick” Tillis. Knocking Tillis down in the fourth, Tyson won with scores of 6-4 twice & 8-2 in Glen Falls, NY, this when New York still scored fights on the “rounds” basis.

NEXT FOR TYSON WAS “BLOOD” GREEN

In his next fight, Tyson would beat New Yorker Mitch “Blood” Green again points. A few years later, Tyson and Green would have their infamous late night street brawl outside a New York City clothing store which resulted in Tyson fracturing his hand. After recording six more KOs, the biggest name was that of Marvis Frazier, the son of deceased former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. Marvin lasted all but Read more

FOUL CHANGED LIFE OF FERNANDO VARGAS

LOSING IS NOT AN EASY THING

Trinidad-King-Vargas

Trinidad-King-Vargas


San Francisco, CA– With the exception of a rare draw, there is always a winner and a loser in combat sports. Although winning is seemingly everything, there aren’t but a few men who have never lost a professional fight. Those exceptions include ex-heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano and most recently super middleweight king Joe Calzaghe.

MARCIANO & CALZAGHE WERE “RAREST OF RARE”

Those two men never had to endure the emotional, forget about the physical aspect for a second, the emotional trauma of losing especially for the first time. In some instances, fighters can put their negative experiences in the rear view mirror and move on. There are others who are never ever the same.

FERNANDO DENIED POTENTIAL MILLIONS VIA FOUL

Fernando Vargas was fouled by Tito Trinidad after the Oxnard, CA native had hurt the Puerto Rican badly. It was one of those intentional low blows that was meant to inflict pain and discomfort in order to get Trinidad some much-needed rest.

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UFC CHAMP JON JONES IN COCAINE REHAB

CHAMP POPPED BY RANDOM TEST IN TRAINING

Jon Jones

Jon Jones


San Francisco, CA– The MMA world and the offices of Zuffa Sports, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championships, are reeling a bit after UFC champion Jon Jones tested “Positive” for Cocaine in tests taken by the Nevada State Athletic Commission PRIOR to his win over Daniel Cormier Saturday.

JONES GOES P.C. ROUTE & ENTERS REHAB

In a “Random” test administered by the Nevada Commission on December 4, Jones’ urine yielded Benzoylecgonine, which is the main metabolite in cocaine. After that, he passed at least one NSAC test. On Tuesday, Jones announced he was entering Cocaine Rehab.

REASON FOR NO SUSPENSION

Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports explained the reason Jones cannot be suspended. “The Nevada commission follows the World Anti-Doping Agency code and benzoylecgonine is NOT banned out-of-competition.” Thus, they couldn’t suspend Jones, stop him from fighting, or mandate Re Hab.

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AL HAYMON NOW CONTROLS BOXING

LAMPLEY THROWING PUNCHES AGAIN

Al Haymon

Al Haymon


San Francisco, CAHBO’s Jim Lampley took a shot at somebody a fortnight ago and NO this time it wasn’t his ex-wife or girlfriend. In jest, the North Carolina Tar Heel alumni facetiously named Al Haymon, “Boxing’s 2014 Man of The Year.”

NFL GAME BLURB SAYS BOXING BACK ON NBC

Less than two weeks later, NBC announces boxing is coming back to the Peacock Network during an NFL game they were presenting. Oh, and if you haven’t figured it out yet, Al Haymon is the man NBC has joined arms with in an attempt to bring prize fighting back to what they hope are the masses.

NETWORK TV AIRED BOXING ‘TILL CIRCA 1990

Most of you reading this don’t realize that boxing was featured on all three of the then major Networks in NBC, CBS and ABC’s Wide Word of Sports with the vast majority being Saturday and Sunday afternoon fights or championship fight replays from Closed Circuit and then Pay Per View shows.

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UFC 182 RESULTS

DID 182 LIVE UP TO MASSIVE HYPE?

Jones Retains Light Heavyweight (205) Title In Main Event

Jones Retains Light Heavyweight (205) Title In Main Event

Sin City, NV– At UFC 182 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones (21-1) won a unanimous decision over Daniel “DC” Cormier (15-1) after 5 decent rounds of action.  Scores were 49-46 all round in favor of the champ, which is a bit wide in my opinion, but the right guy won.  Jones took Cormier down for the first time in his career, and took him down two more times in the fourth to secure the victory.  It was a fairly exciting fight for the first three rounds, but both men appeared to be fatigued in the championship rounds and the champion was content with mainly just stalling the action but holding on to Cormier and preventing the challenger for taking him down.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR JONES?

The winner of the January 24 fight between Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-2) and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4) will likely be next in line for Jones’ title.  Gustafsson gave Jones the toughest fight of his career without question in 2013, and Rumble has the raw power and strong wrestling to compete with Jones.  I think Gustafsson will emerge victorious here and get his long-awaited rematch with Bones.

CERRONE SHUTS DOWN RISING PROSPECT

Lightweight (155) Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (26-6, 1 NC) won a UD3 over Myles Jury (15-1) in the co-main event and extended his winning streak to 6.  Cerrone was simply too experienced for the young man, who had his moments but could not get a solid rhythm going.  Jury has a bright future ahead of him, but still needs more polish.  As for “The Cowboy”, he inches closer to title contention.

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RED HOT UFC 182 JONES-CORMIER SATURDAY

UFC 182 MAIN MOST ANTICIPATED FIGHT IN YEARS

Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier


Sin City, NV– From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, undefeated Daniel Cormier (15-0) will challenge reigning UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (20-1) for all the marbles at 205 lbs.  The constant talk and drum beat, analysis and press conference brawls will end tomorrow.  Cormier may be the best opponent Jones has faced thus far, but does he bring enough to the table to defeat the pound-for-pound best?

VEGAS HAS CORMIER AS A VERY LIVE UNDERDOG

The most recent Vegas odds have Jones as a -160 favorite and Cormier as a +140 underdog.  This is the slimmest margin in Jones favor since he became champion in 2011.  Cormier, a former heavyweight (265 limit) champion in Strikeforce is an elite wrestler with incredible strength, quick hands and good power.  At the end of the day, my mind says the freakish reach of Jones at 84.5 inches combined with his diversity in strikes will be enough to carry him to a highly competitive win.  My heart says differently.

CORMIER COULD RAGDOLL JONES!

Whenever a guy is able to toss huge heavyweights around the cage with ease, it is difficult not to think they would be able to have at least some success doing so against opponents 60 pounds lighter.  I have no doubt Cormier will be able to get Jones down at some point.  The question is whether he can keep him down.  My heart says yes, but my mind says no.  This is one of the most difficult fights to predict, but I will go with my mind in this scenario.  If you bet against JJ ever, like me you’ve lost money.  He destroyed Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (22-10) that night, and I have not bet against him since.

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BOB ARUM THE KEY TO FLOYD-PAC

NON-FIGHT IS IN NEWS AGAIN

Floyd Mayweather- Manny Pacquiao In 2015?

Floyd Mayweather- Manny Pacquiao In 2015?


New York, NY– The hype train has picked up some steam again and it’s that time of year to hope and pray for amicable negotiations between Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and his former promoter’s (Bob Arum) prized superstar, Emmanuel Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs). But just like four years ago, don’t hold your breath.

MIFFED MASSES CAN’T SEE FOREST FOR THE TREES

Since it’s impossible to know what’s really going on behind the scenes, all the fans and media have to rely on are persistent rumors and sound bites. But these things can only offer up parts of the truth and ultimately will leave most up to imagination. This is where indignant opinions and heated debates are sparked from the embers of an overdue fire that continuously burns out.

ARUM KEEPS PEOPLE HANGING ON

Bob Arum

Bob Arum

Anyone privy to Pacquiao’s promoter, Arum and his blurts about the obstacles facing a potential mega bout assume that Floyd Mayweather is simply full of excuses and never wanted to face Pacquiao. But is that based on evidence, or is it Arum painting an eloquent picture? Could it be, that Arum has simply designed a narrative to keep Manny as a valuable commodity within his own stable of fighters and a loss to Floyd is equivalent to letting the cat out of the bag.

MASSA’ BOB KEEPS PAC ON SHORT LEASH

Manny Pacquiao is Bob Arums most valuable commodity, he’s marketable, like able and has become a real people’s champion in his native Philippines and other parts of the world. This is certainly not a commodity Arum wishes to lose and like any savvy business man, he’s keeping him and the money close. In boxing, it is only at the point when a commodity loses its value.

NOBODY AT TOP RANK READY FOR TOP SLOT

Although Manny’s star power has dimmed in recent years, he is still by far the biggest name under the Top Rank promotional banner. Arum’s insisted over the years that his guy is capable of defeating Floyd Jr. But instead of doing all he could to make the fight, it appears that Bob has simply leveraged Mayweather’s alleged fear to boost the status of the superstar Pinoy.

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CRAWFORD AND WALTERS TOP THE YEARS BEST

FEATHERWEIGHT NICHOLAS WALTERS BREAKS OUT FROM OBSCURITY 

Las Vegas, NV– One thing the sport of boxing immensely needs is exciting TV friendly fighters. Especially ones who are respectful and charismatic. WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) appears to have all the aforementioned qualities. The Jamaican born puncher who trains out of Panama had his first chance at the spotlight in 2014 and made the most of those opportunities.

Walters-photo credit-Boxrec.com

Walters-photo credit-Boxrec.com

In May he nearly decapitated former world champ Vic Darchinayn in China, and in October he stopped WBA champ and former four division world champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs).  Donaire, who was dropped twice, had never before tasted the canvas or been stopped.

OMAHA FIGHTER CRAWFORD BECOMES AN ATTRACTION

Who would have thought a year ago that Omaha, Nebraska would become a boxing hotbed? WBO lightweight king Terrence “Bud” Crawford, has pretty much smoked his recent competition. He competed in what was arguably the fight of the year for 2014.

He knocked down former champion Yuri Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) a total of four times in a barnburner of a fight in June.

Crawford beat up Gamboa

Crawford beat up Gamboa

Additionally he nearly sold out the Century Link Center in his hometown of Omaha. Earlier in the year he went to England and dethroned WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns(37-4-1, 11 KOs). One has to give Crawford the utmost respect. Most American fighters balk at going overseas, expecting to get an unfair verdict in a close bout. Fortunately the American completely dominated the fight. Last month he routed number 1 contender Ray Beltran (29-7-1) to cap off a stellar year in which most believe is a fighter of the year campaign.

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HOW LOW WILL ADONIS STEVENSON SINK?

2014 NOT STEVENSON’S BEST

Stevenson Out Of Touch Or Mind?

Stevenson Out Of Touch Or Mind?


The 2013 “Fighter of the YearAdonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KO) had a very lackluster 2014 in terms of opposition.  In May, he defended the WBC 175 lb. title and the lineal light heavyweight championship against the solid but not extraordinary Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KO).  Stevenson won clearly, but suffered a knockdown and seemed to gas substantially while earning a unanimous decision win after 12 rounds.  This past Friday, Stevenson demolished Dmitry Sukhotsky (22-3, 16 KO) in 5 rounds.  This would be a great highlight for Stevenson’s career…if Sukhotsky were ranked in the top 10 at light heavyweight.

FRIDAY NIGHT SHOWTIME BOUT WAS A FARCE

Call me crazy, but I believe a lineal champion should fight people who are at least ranked in the top 10 in their weight class.  Some may point out that Sukhotsky was in fact ranked #5 by the World Boxing Council.  Even if that ranking was legitimate, which I do not feel is the case, that still means there are 4 other fighters that would have been better choices as opponents for the lineal champion.

ALVAREZ, CHILEMBA, AND SAVIGNE SNUBBED 

Eleider Alvarez (16-0, 9 KO), Isaac Chilemba (23-2-2, 10 KO), and Umberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KO, 1 NC) were ranked 1, 2, and 3 by the WBC at the time Stevenson fought #5.  It is unclear why they were overlooked, but what is clear is that Stevenson chose not to fight the best available opponent even by the WBC’s standards.  Fonfara was ranked #4 when Stevenson fought Sukhotsky.

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