It has been over 25 years since Mike Tyson debuted as a professional boxer in 1985. I still remember how excited I’d be to watch him as a youngster. The day couldn’t pass fast enough as we waited for the Tyson fight to begin. His sheer power and aggressiveness captivated fans from around the world.
Looking back on his career, many are quick to comment on physical attributes such as his knockout power and speed. What many fail to realize however is that Tyson was an extremely intelligent fighter. He was a student of the game. Yes, he was physically gifted and skilled, but he also was a master of mind games in and out of the ring. The video below provides a brief demonstration and example.
“They lost the fight before they even got hit.” – Mike Tyson
Additional words of wisdom can be found in the following clip as well.
If you are an aspiring fighter, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to listen to Tyson’s words of wisdom. In many ways, Tyson is the product of the legendary Cus D’Amato. When Tyson speaks about achieving greatness, much of what he says and believes was first instilled in him by Cus.
“It all comes down to dedication and consistency. They have to want it…” – Mike Tyson