The story starts with a man named Mike Tyson. He was born on March 11th, 1963 in Brooklyn New York City. His father was a boxer and his mother was a singer. They had two children together, but they divorced when he was still young enough to remember it. When he turned 18 years old, he went back home where he lived alone for several months before moving out again to live in Harlem New York City at the age of 21 years old. At the time, he was known as “Mike Tyson” and a very successful boxer.
He began boxing professionally in 1974 and won many fights. He fought against some of the biggest names in professional boxing including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Jimmy Ellis, Larry Holmes and others. However after one fight against Joe Frazier (who would later become famous) he lost all respect from fans because of his attitude towards them. He didn’t like being called a “faggot”, a “crackhead” or even a “wop”. He claimed that he was just trying to make money and not give a performance for any other reason than making money.
People were upset with him, so he decided to leave the sport altogether.
In 1979, he moved back to New York City where he opened up another boxing gym in Harlem called the Apollo Gym. There, he trained the next generation of boxers and taught them everything that he knew about the sport that brought him so much success. In 1985, he was arrested for the first time in his life for three counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree and one count of Predatory Sexual Assault. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment. While in prison, he became a born-again Christian and read many books about religion and faith.
While he was in prison, his mother died of a heart attack. He was very upset by this and claimed that she was the only person that really loved him. He lived alone after that and eventually moved to California.
In 1995, he married his second wife and had two children with her. After they divorced in 2001, he married for a third time in 2017 to another woman who already had three children from her previous marriage. He now has nine children altogether. He still owns the same gym in California and trains every day. He’s been arrested three times since his release from prison for domestic violence but has not been convicted of anything.
He says that he’s learned from his mistakes and believes that he has been forgiven by God for them.
At the age of 52 years old…
The moral of this story is to never judge a man by his faults and mistakes. Everyone has something about them that they’re ashamed of. No matter how big or small it may seem to you, there will always be someone else who has it worse than you. We all deal with struggles in life but the most important thing to do is to learn from our past and look towards the future. Doing the opposite won’t get us anywhere.
You have to face your problems head on and deal with them the best you can. Sometimes that may mean getting help, sometimes that may mean taking a break from a situation, and sometimes that may mean ending something completely. No matter what it is though, you have to be brave enough to take that first step and make the decision to do it. Once you’ve done that, everything else will start to fall into place.
“I guess life isn’t so bad after all.”
Sources & references used in this article:
Dark trade: lost in boxing by D Remnick – 2007 – Vintage
Tyson-Douglas: The Inside Story of the Upset of the Century by D McRae – 2014 – books.google.com
Fugue State by J Johnson, B Long – 2008 – books.google.com