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Mike Tyson

Calling Mike Tyson a champion is merely a matter of opinion. "I'm a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds" (Mike Tyson). After successfully pursuing his boxing career and making everyone proud, Mike was able to show his dark side and give up with almost no fight (Notable Sports Figures). Mike Tyson impacted society by becoming one the greatest boxers of all time, knocking out stereotypes, and giving a realization to athletes that actions will have consequences.

Ding! And the crowd goes wild as Mike Tyson’s hand is lifted and he is declared the youngest ever heavyweight champion! In November of 1986 Mike makes his biggest mark in his athletic career at only age 22 beating Trevor Berbick for the World Boxing Commission Championship Title (Byrne, John). Tyson Finished his first year in his boxing career on a winning streak of 15 to nothing (Notable Sports Figures). Two years later, after earning $21 million for winning a fight against Michael Spinks in June of 1988 Tyson became the “biggest moneymaker in the history of boxing” (Byrne, John).

Although Mike seemed to strive for greatness he wasn’t just born a champion.

By the time Mike was eight years old he was beating up anyone in the neighborhood who bothered him or his family. Breaking the law became normal to him. When he was eleven he began smoking, drinking, mugging people, and was involved in shootings on the Brooklyn streets. Before Mike was twelve he had been arrested over forty times (Byrne, John). His father was long gone leaving Mike to watch his mother constantly being abused by her boyfriend (Gale). When Mike was taken off the streets and put into a juvenile detention center he con...

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... not mean you can get by with whatever you want. Actions do have consequences no matter your rank. This hit Tyson hard. In an interview with Mike a reporter addressed: “They determined that you were suffering from depression, low self-esteem, and that you had problems with anger management. How have you tried to address those problems?” And Tyson replied, “That’s all they said was wrong with me?”

Although Mike Tyson did have a tough time living with his consequences he will go down in history for destroying stereotypes for the ‘ghetto youth’ and for making his mark in being one of the greatest boxers of all time. Mike had his fair share of trouble as a kid, who knew it would help him to live his dream. He had his time in the spotlight with his hand raised high and the crowd calling his name. But the good times will eventually end and reality will be his KO.
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