Mike Tyson Is Not a Great Man—But Don King Is Evil

Colin LinneweberSenior Writer IApril 16, 2009

LAS VEGAS - JULY 26:  Former boxer Mike Tyson sits in the crowd before the interim WBA light flyweight title fight between Cesar Canchila and Giovani Segura at the MGM Grand Garden Arena July 26, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Former heavyweight champion of the world Iron Mike Tyson verbally punished his sinister and terminated boxing promoter of yesteryear, Don King, in an upcoming documentary titled Tyson.

"He's a bad man," stated the convicted rapist and youngest fighter to ever win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years of age in 1986. "He (King) would kill his mother for a dollar."

James Toback's new documentary premiered at the annual Cannes Film Festival in France last year and it is scheduled to be released in theaters by the end of this month.

Toback's work reportedly features dramatic clips of Kid Dynamite's utter ferociousness inside the ring, as well as candid and revealing interviews with Tyson outside of it.

One intriguing disclosure offered by Tyson, 42, were the circumstances involved in his first victorious street brawl. 

"I used to fly pigeons all the time and one day this guy found out where I had my pigeons," recalled the Brooklyn product who was arrested 38 times by the age of 13 for committing various petty crimes.

"One guy tried to steal my pigeons and I was trying to chase him, explaining, 'No, no give me my birds,’” plead Tyson, who went 50-6 with 44 knockouts as a professional pugilist before retiring in 2005.

“The guy said, 'You want your bird' and he just popped its neck off and threw it on the floor. That's the first time I ever had a fight and won. I beat the guy up."

The athlete once deemed The Baddest Man on the Planet also explained that his inability to forge a bond with his late-mother was traumatic and something that he has never entirely gotten over.

“I never saw my mother happy with me and proud of me for doing something: She only knew me as being a wild kid running the streets, coming home with new clothes that she knew I didn't pay for,” admitted the scrapper that Ring Magazine ranked #16 on its list of the 100 greatest punchers of all time.

“I never got a chance to talk to her or know about her. Professionally, it has no effect, but it's crushing emotionally and personally."

However, the most compelling and disturbing aspect of the documentary may be the tumultuous partnership between Tyson and the equivalent of Lucifer on Earth, Donald King.

Tyson’s spectacular raw physical talents were noticed at the Tyron School for Boys in Johnston, New York by Deshawn Stewart, a juvenile detention center counselor there and former boxer himself.

Stewart introduced Tyson to renowned boxing manager and trainer Cus D’Amato. D’Amato, who would become Tyson’s legal guardian, quickly detected Iron Mike’s outstanding hand speed, accuracy, coordination, power and timing and he decided to mentor the precocious talent.

D’Amato taught Tyson an impenetrable “Peek-a-Boo” defensive style that saw the fighter hold his hands high and slip and weave out of the way of his opponents flailing punches. In retaliation, Tyson would often counter punch with a right hook to his opponent’s body followed by a violent uppercut to his opponents chin.

Under the tutelage of D’Amato, Tyson became a menacing and dominant presence in the ring and many analysts predicted that he would ultimately become one of the greatest fighters to ever put on gloves.

Sadly, as the "millionaire" Jeffrey Lebowski once said, “the god damn plane crashed into the mountain” for the Brownsville native as quickly as his career began to ascend.

In 1985, D’Amato died and the loss of his influence left a gaping void in Tyson’s life that he would never recover from.

D’Amato once sagely philosophized to his pupil that “nature is a lot smarter than anybody thinks. During the course of a man's life he develops a lot of pleasures and people he cares about. Then nature takes them away one by one. It's her way of preparing you for death."

Tyson and D’Amato purely cared for each other and the moment D’Amato expired, Tyson’s boxing career was preparing for death.

Kid Dynamite, who declared bankruptcy in 2003 despite having earned in excess of $300 million fighting, “compensated” for the loss of D’Amato by associating with a herd of undesireables and parasites.

No parasite was a more hideous leach than King, 77, who managed to win Tyson’s future contract over the more honorable and humane Bill Cayton.

King, a villainous man charged with killing two individuals in separate incidents 13 years apart, utilized Tyson for his own profits without caring for his fighter or considering his well-being and he is the main culprit responsible for Iron Mike’s notorious demise.

King, who once ran an illegal bookmaking operation and was questioned by authorities regarding his relationship with John Gotti and his potential connections to organized crime, has seemingly been sued by every boxer he ever managed and he is a worthless snake that should be barred from the sport of boxing immediately.

Inevitably, Satan King bamboozled the gullible and uneducated Tyson out of millions of dollars over the span of a decade. Tyson sued the Cleveland-born scumbag and was eventually  awarded $14 million settlement.

Mike Tyson has made countless mistakes throughout his life and he has not been a productive member of society.

Tyson readily admits those facts. A June 2005 front page edition of the USA Today quoted Tyson as saying, "My whole life has been a waste. I've been a failure. I just want to escape. I'm really embarrassed with myself and my life."

However, Don King is the epitome of evil and Tyson seems like Gandhi in comparison to the swindler with the electrocuted weave.

D’Amato once told Tyson that “the hero and the coward both feel the same thing. But, the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It’s the same thing, fear, but it’s what you do with it that matters.”

Mike Tyson is not a lovable figure or a “hero.”

But, Don King is a “coward” and the quicker he “runs” to his rightful place in hell, the better the world will instantly be.