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Mike Tyson was ridiculously intimidating

So I teach journalism at Chapman University out here in Southern California, and for yesterday’s lesson I had my 11 students read up on the 1988 Michael Spinks-Mike Tyson fight. Then, I rolled down the big screen and we watched all 91 seconds of Iron Mike’s easy first-round knockout triumph.

The whole thing was super fast, and Tyson was menacing and intimidating and everything that made him great. But what caught my attention the most—and stuck with me—was his ring entrance.

When Spinks came into the arena, the sound was Kenny Loggins singing the soft-and-fluffy “This is It.”

Then, when Tyson entered, it was just … clanging.

Literally—the sound of clanging.

That’s a bad-ass motherfucker.

One reply on “Mike Tyson was ridiculously intimidating”

But, in the end, he proved to be a fraud. Once he stopped fighting tomato cans, and maybe before that. Many were intimidated by his fearsome demeanor and media-hyped reputation, and kind of overlooked his sorry lack of technique, indifferent training, and inability to take a good punch. Michael Spinks was a puffed-up light-heavyweight. Larry Holmes was in steep decline. Trevor Berbick? Really? Kind of like how Ronda Rousey, who talking head gasbags who should have known better seriously discussed as someone who could hold her own against Floyd Mayweather, swiftly lost her aura of invincibility and was exposed as glass-jawed once she started fighting opponents who weren’t afraid of her, didn’t letter her use her judo skills, and who could actually, you know, throw a punch or 2!

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