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Huge success for Mike Tyson in Italy
EastsideBoxing.com July 11, 2010
Throughout his childhood, Tyson lived in and around high-crime neighborhoods. According to an interview in His first fight was with a bigger kid over his mistreatment of one of Tyson's birds.He was repeatedly caught committing petty crimes and fighting those who ridiculed his high-pitched voice and lisp. By the age of 13, he had been arrested 38 times.
Even 5 years after he retired, Mike Tyson is still very popular in Italy. That’s why the former world heavyweight champion on a promotional tour of the Northern and Central areas of the country. On Friday July 9 International Federation of Sports Movies and TV President Franco Ascani gave Tyson the "Ghirland d’honneur”, a prestigious award which in the past was given to such sports legends as Pele. Also at the Just Cavalli Cafe, OPI 2000 President Salvatore Cherchi, with his son Christian, former WBC World cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni and welterweight prospect Antonio Moscatiello. Tyson was happy to shake Fragomeni’s hand and pose with him for a photo.
When asked to do the same by a visibly thrilled Moscatiello, Tyson’s answer was: "You are a fighter, you are welcome". On the same night, a special event for Tyson. Hundreds of fans showed up to meet the boxing legend and commentate with him the images of his most famous fights which where showed on a mega-screen. On Saturday July 10, Stefano Pugnali brought Tyson to San Giovanni Teatino, in the Abruzzi region of Central Italy, where thousands of people filled "Parco dei Cigni" (Swan’s Park) a mega-discoteque built inside a beautiful natural park.
Tyson's father, Jimmy Kirkpatrick, abandoned his family when Tyson was 2, leaving his mother, Lorna Smith Tyson to care for them on her own. The family lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant
until their financial burdens necessitated a move to Brownsville
when Tyson was 10 years old.
Smith died six years later, leaving 16-year-old Tyson in the care of boxing manager and trainer Italian American Cus D'Amato
, who would become his legal guardian. Tyson has been quoted saying, "I never saw my mother happy with me and proud of me for doing something: She only knew me as being a wild kid running the streets, coming home with new clothes that she knew I didn't pay for. I never got a chance to talk to her or know about her. Professionally, it has no effect, but it's crushing emotionally and personally."
Tyson lived with Cus D'Amato and wife, and was treated like as son, and gave him the Love, Encouragement and Guidance he never had.
When Cus died at 78 November 4, 1985, Tyson's record was 11-0.(all by KO) Tyson continued to win extending his streak to 37-0, during the next 18 months before losing to 42-1 underdog Buster Douglas. in July 1987, But it appeared Tyson life went into a downward spiral with the loss of his father figure, and thereafter was sent to prison for 4 years
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