Living Warrior: Legendary Boxing Champion Mike Tyson

Rich PerezContributor IJune 23, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05:  Boxer Mike Tyson and wife Lakhia Spicer arrive at Spike TV's 4th Annual 'Guys Choice Awards' held at Sony Studios on June 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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First off I am completely honored to call Mike Tyson and his family friends. He has recently become a good friend of mine so I want to share some thoughts with you. I have a strong connection based on a family matter I went through that Mike and I will never forget so I recently have been fortunate, spending a considerable amount of time with the legendary Mike Tyson, one of our eras greatest athletes.

If you could all see the Mike Tyson at home with his children and with his wife, your whole pre-conceived perception would change.

Now granted his past has had a lot of strange things happen to him, but I am here today to tell you that we should embrace this champion for who he has been in our sporting lives. A true living Warrior of our times...

Remember the days of the young fighter who came out of nowhere to win the title from Trevor Berbeck. The young Mike Tyson who just dominated opponents such as the fearful look Michael Spinks gave us when he went down in that monumental first round KO to Tyson. Those are the days we should remember, the days of a dominating champion who unlike anyone else in our era, came into our lives and purely dominated.

Now many of you do not know this...Mike Tyson has a tremendous loving family support group with his great wife and children. Inner circle Friends are loyal and Mike is in great shape losing all the excess we saw on him not too long ago. His excitement is contagious and his knowledge of sports is unparalleled, Mike can rattle off any division boxing champion in any year at any given date!.

Mike loved filming "The Hangover" and he cannot wait for Part II as his role is bigger in the upcoming sequel. Its a great time for Mike Tyson and it's about time we all looked at the tremendous legend he is within all of our lives.

I choose to remember the quality dominating athlete and the great father, husband and caring man he has become today, I have witnessed this... That's a much richer Mike Tyson than any of you have seen and one that I would hope you could understand in my words as one of the greatest guys you would ever have the pleasure to spend some time with or around. I just hope you can imagine the feeling I have behind my words of this article...I cannot express the genuineness that I have seen and the pleasure talking about everything in our world, than I have had this past week with the dominating legend that our era has seen in "Iron" Mike Tyson.