MIKE Tyson would destroy training partners in minutes not for pleasure – but to just get home quickly to watch TV.
Tyson often turned a planned five-hour sparring session into less than 60 minutes of destruction because he was desperate to watch cartoons.
Tyson used to rush through training in order to go home and watch Tom and Jerry
A young Tyson in the gym with an even younger Floyd Mayweather
That is the insight from Tyson’s confidante, ex bodyguard and chauffeur Rudy Gonzalez, who had a ringside seat at fights and home battles during the New Yorker’s rise to infamy.
Speaking earlier this year, Gonzalez said: “When we trained in Vegas his sparring sessions were from 12 to 5pm.
“He would be the nicest guy beforehand asking the sparring partners: ‘How you doing today, how’s the family?’
“Then he would just knock five guys out so within an hour there was nobody left.
“I saw him punch the heavy bag so hard it broke a few times from the chains and the other boxers would just leave saying: ‘we are not f****** with you today. I do not care how much money you pay me.’
“Anyone who felt they were up for taking him on, he would hit them and they’d snap. Soon after they would pack their bags.
“So one day I asked: ‘Boss I am confused, isn’t this about working on techniques?
“He replied: ‘If I keep it going we will miss Tom and Jerry cartoons.’”
Tyson, who returned to the ring in an eight-round exhibition with Roy Jones Jr in 2020, has retained his love for cartoons, making his own Mike Tyson Mysteries series for Adult Swim.
Gonzalez was by Tyson’s side as he rose from the most terrifying teenage boxer in history to become the youngest heavyweight champion of all time aged 20.
Under the guidance of legendary trainer Cus D’Amato, who became Tyson’s legal guardian after serving time in juvenile prison, he transformed from teen criminal into a street fighting hoodlum and ultimately a polished power punching boxing phenom.
While living with D’Amato at his Catskills home, his training was far more regimented.
D’Amato passed months before Tyson became heavyweight champion in 1986.
BUILDING A BOXING FRANKENSTEIN
Gonzalez said: “When I first worked with him he had to be home by 9pm, because we were running 10 miles in the morning.
“His manager Jim Jacob and trainer Kevin Rooney along with Cus would make sure I enforced that training schedule.
“Mike was so disciplined. He would sit upstairs in the house studying boxing films for hours, seeing how different fighters moved and hit.
“Cus was injecting him with centuries of training. The peek a boo technique – it felt so clean and natural for him. Cus built a boxing Frankenstein.
“Cus would repeat over and over to Mike from the beginning, ‘Do you know you’re going to be heavyweight champion of the world someday?’
“If you say it enough times, you believe it. And if you believe it, then you’ll have no doubt.”
Gonzalez, whose book about his Tyson experiences – The Inner Ring – is being developed into an animated movie, added that other staff were terrified of Tyson during his training time.
Gonzalez has made headlines in the past with his book about his time with Tyson, pointing the finger at promoter Don King for many of the star’s troubles.
He claims King ‘psychologically broke him’, adding: “Mike’s story would have had a different ending if Cus had lived longer.
“His sister Denise always made me promise to keep Mike away from Don, calling him a clown.”
He claimed that he witnessed ‘deceit, betrayal, and fraud perpetrated’ upon Tyson
The Inner Ring (Premium Edition): The Set-Up of Mike Tyson and the Uncrowning of Don King Paperback is available now to buy.
Tyson was one of the most feared names in boxing throughout his career
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Boxing?
Boxing involves two people trying to knock each others out with punches in the face and head. The object of boxing is to hit an opponent as hard as possible without hurting yourself. Both boxers need to be able throw punches at high speeds in order to achieve this. They must also have good hand-eye coordination.
What are the advantages of boxing?
Boxing has many health benefits. For starters, boxing helps build strong muscles and bones. Boxing can improve your coordination and reflexes. It also strengthens your heart and lungs. Boxing does not require special equipment. You can use whatever you have around the house.
What is the average time it takes to become a professional fighter?
Professional boxing requires dedication and years of hardwork. Training is essential if you are to become a professional boxer.
How to defend yourself:
Always protect your head when being attacked. It is your goal to not get punched. You must know how to stop an incoming punch. Here’s the way to do it.
- Square your shoulders and stand tall.
- Keep your elbows straight up.
- Block the punch from coming with your forearm.
- Counterattack immediately.
- Continue blocking until you see the attacker run away.
- Keep fighting for your rights.
What are the main types of boxing glove?
There are three types of boxing gloves available: mitts and fingerless mitts. Mitten gloves are padded around the knuckles. Fingerless mitts, which do not provide padding around the fingers but cover them, have no padding at the knuckles. Full-fingered gloves have padding around the entire hand.
The mitten is used to punch or hit with the fist. Fingerless mitt glove are for striking the index finger with the knuckle. Boxing gloves for full-finger punching can be obtained with full-fingered hands.
How to throw a jab:
To throw a jab, simply follow this simple step-by-step guide:
- Step forward with both feet.
- Raise your arm above your shoulder.
- Keep your fist in front of your target.
- Swing your arm back upwards after hitting your target.
- Continue with steps 1 through 4.
How can a beginner begin boxing at home
Boxing is one our oldest sports. Boxing was developed in ancient times to train warriors for fighting against foes. Today, boxing is widely practiced all over the world. You don’t need to go to the gym to box. All you need is a pair of gloves, some punching bags, and a few friends to spar with.
Local amateur boxing clubs are also available where you can train with professional coaches. You’ll be ready for tournaments once you have mastered basic combinations and punches.
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These are the basics of boxing
How to box effectively
Boxing has become a very popular sport. It consists of two opponents who try to knock out each other’s head. The rules of boxing vary from country to country. There are generally three types of boxing: Amateur, Professional, and Olympic.
Amateur boxing may be done at school, college, and university. This type of boxing includes sparring sessions with padded gloves and without any protection. Amateur boxing matches usually consist of three rounds lasting five minutes each. Amateur boxing can be done in many styles, including Kickboxing and Muay Thai, Taekwondo or Karate, Judo, Wrestling, and Muay Thai.
Most professional boxing takes place in gyms, clubs, and stadiums. They have protective equipment such as mouthpieces. Professional boxing competitions consist of six rounds lasting four minutes each. There are many types of professional boxing. These include Boxing (MMA), Kickboxing (Mixed Martial Arts), Muay Thai and Taekwondo.
Olympic boxing is performed at the Olympics. Boxers wear special protective gear, which must conform to international standards. The competition lasts for eight rounds, each lasting three minutes. Olympic boxing has only two styles, Light Flyweight vs Heavyweight.
The basic skills of boxing are:
- Punching techniques
- Techniques for protecting yourself
- Moving your body
- Spare parts
There are seven types of punches available: Left Hook and Right Hook, Cross, Cross, Straight, Underhand, Overhand, Cross, Straight, Cross, Straight, Cross, Straight, and Overhand. Each punch is unique. Some punches require more strength than others. For example, an uppercut is a powerful punch. A straight punch on the other side requires less power, but is more effective than other punches.
There are many combinations that can be used to punch. These are combinations of punches that work together to achieve a specific goal. An entire combination could have several parts. A combination may include multiple parts. For example, damage to the jaw of an opponent can be caused by a left hook and a right cross.
A boxer uses his body to protect himself against attacks. He does this by using his legs, arms, elbows, hands, knees and feet.
Boxers should use the legs to protect themselves against kicks. When he’s hit, he raises his right leg and runs away from the attacker. If the attack comes from the front, then he bends his knees to avoid being kicked on the side. He will block the kick with his foot if the attack is coming from behind.
Elbow strikes are very effective because they inflict much pain. An elbow strike can be delivered directly or indirectly. Directly means that you hit your opponent with your forearm while indirectly means that you hit him with another part of your arm.
Boxers use the power of their hands to block any incoming blows. To do so, they raise their fists above their head and move them towards the direction of the attack. The attacker’s fist is then in their face.
A boxer should bend his knees in order to absorb any blows to his stomach, abdomen, chest or stomach. Knee strikes can be used to defend yourself.
A boxer should not be afraid to respond to an attack. He can then gain distance from his opponent. Boxers should also keep their balance when counter-attacking.
A boxer must have a stance in order to be effective at boxing. His stance will determine how he defends. It is how he positions himself and where he faces the opponent. Boxers have many stances to choose from. Here are the most commonly used ones:
- Low stance
- High stance
- Southpaw stance
- Western stance
Moving your body
In order to win a fight, a boxer must move around his opponent. This requires changing your position, speed, and rhythm.
A boxer will rotate his arm when he is throwing a punch. Different types of punches require different speeds for the rotation.
The timing of each punch will determine the effectiveness and efficiency of a combination. A combination that is effective starts with a strong punch, and ends with one that is weak.
Sparring is a practice session designed to improve boxing skills . A sparring session is where a boxer trains both his mind and his body. The purpose of sparring is, in short, to learn how fight and not get hurt.
It is important to be patient and dedicated when learning how to box. Boxing is a sport that requires dedication and perseverance.