IRON AMBITION:MIKE TYSON Book Number: 83406 Product format: Hardback
"Cus D'Amato was one of the most unique men ever to walk the planet. He took the weak and made them strong. And he took a fat, frightened 13-year-old and made him into... the most recognisable man on the planet." In his prime Mike Tyson was a terrifying combination of brutal, irresistible force and pugilistic skill and know-how that left the entire world heavyweight division in tatters in his wake. Following his bestselling memoirs Tyson here takes a much closer look at the man who made him, Constantine "Cus" D'Amato (1908-1985). D'Amato had already trained and managed the careers of two world champions - Floyd Patterson and Jose Torres - before he saw the pudgy Mike Tyson at 13, sparring in a boxing ring, his mother's last desperate attempt to turn him from the life of crime upon which he had already embarked. "That's the heavyweight champion of the world" he exclaimed and would become his trainer and mentor for some six years, legally adopting him at 16 following his mother's death, shaping him physically and mentally after years spent living in fear and poverty. Sadly he would not live to see the success he nurtured, dying a few months before Tyson became the youngest ever world heavyweight champion at 20 years and 4 months, and it was perhaps no surprise that with Cus gone, Tyson's life and career began to unravel - "My biggest mistake was thinking that Cus would never leave me." As well as chronicling his mentor's life and career, Tyson elaborates on the life and fight lessons Cus passed down to him and reflects on how they still resonate today. Most interestingly, he examines (from a singularly well-informed viewpoint) Cus's courageous fight against the mobsters who controlled boxing, revealing more than we have ever known about this remarkable man. With 16 pages of colour and b/w photos, 465pp first UK edition of 2017.
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