That’s it. Mike Tyson’s officially done. After losing in a six-round fight with Kevin McBride, Tyson announced he was retiring from the sport, saying “That’s it, I’m finished. It’s just not in my heart. I’m just not interested in fighting anymore.”
He hasn’t been a legitimate fighter since he fed on Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997. He’s also lost three of his last four fights, not to mention one ugly face tat.
So he’s done as an athlete. In the twilight of his boxing career, he was a loser. And in real life, he might be even more of a loser, having been convicted of rape in 1992.
I don’t know much about boxing. Some of you might. But he was good, and he had the potential to be one of the best. Heck, he’s the namesake for the greatest NES games ever. Then again, many people had “the potential.” Grant Hill. Mark Fidrych. Christian Hosoi. John Daly. Davey Allison.
Most of these people were unable to bounce back from injury (or, in Allison’s case, death), but Tyson’s story is probably comparable to that of Hosoi, the talented skateboarder from the ’80s. Both Tyson and Hosoi made the wrong decisions in life, and it cost them the chance to be the greatest.
The debate about his place in boxing history is not one I would like to participate in– again, not being a boxing aficionado. But he is an active member of society. He is a father. And he does have the chance to educate young athletes to make the right decisions.
When LeBron James signed his multi-million dollar basketball/shoe deals, my father posed these questions to me:- What kind of people will he hang around? Will he make the right choices? James has history on his side, and knows what not to repeat. (And thanks to the NBA, there are many shameful case studies.)
Tyson realizes he has nothing left. He’s past bankruptcy. He fears dying alone. He wants to find some semblance of a life, because boxing is no longer a part of it. If he fervently believes he made mistakes in his life, he could mentor young boxers (or any athlete) and become a role model for once in his life. There are reports he is also considering becoming a Christian missionary.
Tyson is 38 and doesn’t know what to do with himself. I’m 22, fresh out of college and am in the same boat (hence all the blogging). I guess you can never be too old to search for what you really want in life.Powered by Sidelines