So how about we get a bit nostalgic for the old days. Despite all those criminal issues and stuff, I've always had a soft spot for Mike Tyson. He seems vulnerable, impressionable, probably thoughtless and definitely thought-for. I don't think it's uncommon for people to feel a bit sorry for him these days. But back in his prime, we were in awe of him. Tyson was a weapon, and watching him work was like witnessing some vessel of human perfection. His talent was probably the pivot that turned boxing into the bloated money-maker it is now.
Part of his effect stemmed from his entrances into the ring, my faves of which I've listed below - with the music added in case you need to psyche yourself up to punch someone's face off.
Versus Pete McNeeley
I think someone is shouting "Allahu Akbar" in the background, which only makes this better.
Song: Time 4 Sum Aksion - Redman
Versus Francois Botha
Tyson walked out to 'It's Dark And Hell Is Hot', by DMX. It may have served as a better opening to the fight than it did to the actual album of the same name.
Song: DMX - Intro (It's Dark & Hell Is Hot)
Versus Michael Spinks
When he entered the ring with no robe and plain black shorts to the drone of Coil, he looked like he was incapable of doing anything but dominating in a boxing ring. It's probably why Spinks looked as if he knew he was about to die. Fucking intense!
Song: Coil - 7-Methoxy-B-Carboline (Telepathine)
If you haven't seen the excellent documentary Tyson, I highly recommend you get on Netflix and fire it up. One of the best moments features Tyson describing his walk into the ring.
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