Saturday, 24 August 2013 20:52

Remorseful Mike Tyson Apologizes to Teddy Atlas

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Before last night's Friday Night Fights broadcast, Mike Tyson, who made his debut as a boxing promoter, took another huge step toward making peace with himself when he embraced and asked forgiveness from Teddy Atlas.
in 1983, incensed at a sexual advance made by the then 16 year old Tyson toward Atlas' 11 year old relative, Atlas had threatened Tyson with a gun.

The young trainer was subsequently fired by Cus D'Amato, Tyson's head trainer, and banned from D'Amato's Catskills Boxing club and home.

The two men had not spoken to one another since the incident.

Their embrace, but not their words, was caught on camera.

After the fight, Tyson explained that he wishes to put his past behind him and seeks forgiveness for his sins. He also admitted that he still struggles with addictions to drugs and alcohol that threaten to kill him.


"This..." Tyson said, pointing to his own head, "is a dangerous neighborhood to hang out in alone... I want to live a different life. I want to live my sober life. I don't want to die. I'm on the verge of dying, because I am a vicious alcoholic."

In a post-fight interview and at the post-fight presser, Tyson appeared to become upset, just barely moderating a number of remarks that evoked the angry Mike Tyson of old. However, all of Tyson's vitriol is reserved for himself. He refused to take part in flattering himself, even when members of the press asked leading questions.


Fight legend Mike Tyson gives candid and sometimes explosive commentary following his promotional debut in Verona, New York, August 23, 2013 

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Typical of Tyson's newfound humility was his response to a reporter inviting Tyson to compare his own knockout style to that of the Klitschkos.


Tyson refused, putting the onus on the reporter who dismissively described the Klitschkos as workmanlike while Tyson's knockout power was devastating and entertaining. In addition, Tyson became angry, explaining that his trainer, the late Cus D'Amato, would have scolded Tyson for accepting such a characterization. "That ain't fighting. That's entertainment... What Ali and Frazier do, that's fighting. That's the name of the game."

Perhaps Cus would have said this. Or maybe it's simply Tyson revealing his understanding that nothing good is easy, and flash solutions are hard to come by. Tyson's fight is clearly ongoing, but the former heavyweight king has put together a great record of out-of-the-ring knockouts in the past few years.

By all appearances, the youngest heavyweight champion in history has many more victories to enjoy.

Video of the riveting post-fight presser is below.


 

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