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Updated on November 1, 2009

Mike Tyson

"The Baddest Man On The Planet"


I recently viewed an intriguing interview between Oprah and Mike Tyson. I am not at all a boxing enthusiast. It may seem asinine but I actually cringe when the blows are struck. I always feel; that it is someone’s child being hit. I realize that boxing is a premier sporting event enjoyed by the masses! Still, it cannot be healthy taking such fierce persistent, unrelenting blows to the body! The body was not designed to be a human punching bag! It will eventually at some point take its toll on your body, win or lose.

Now, whenever I see the once virile, physically powerful, strong forceful Muhammad Ali I am that much more adamant on my stance. His brilliant intellectual mind, encased in an abused listless shell of a body that was once the epitome of strength! His body remains a clear reminder as evidence of the deferred pain and suffering that one suffers from boxing. Ouch! So many blows to the head has to bash, short out its circuitry and greatly disturb ones nervous system! Excuse my tangent here! Back to my point!

Seeing Mike Tyson brought back many memories. The main thing that stands out in my mind about Mike Tyson is that he is so ferociously angry! He proceeds like a rabid lion, in such an animalistic fury preying stance, angrily and profusely pouncing on his opponent with such a vehement forceful vigor! He seemingly has such an unyielding unconcern that seems to reduce his opponent to a mere meaningless object! What a cannibal! My how he shocked fans and boxing officials when he bit Evander Holyfield on his ear not once but twice!!

Let’s not forget that interview with Barbara Walters, along with he and his former wife actress, Robin Givens! I remember how Robin shared vividly about His intense anger and his livid rage! How she and her Mother hid from Mike Tyson and… Mike admitted that he too was taken aback by Robin’s unwelcomed, unexpected candid response. He did not have a clue that she was going to expose Him and his frequent volatile anger tirades in front of the world! He openly admits at the time; he then, so wanted to hit her! I am glad however he was able to muster up some restraint… Mike did not try to justify his anger nor his floundering inability to constrain himself on numerous occassions.

The cameraman noticeably zoomed in on Mike. As they say the camera does not lie! Mike who was known as “The baddest man on the planet!” However, as I watched and listened attentively to Mike Tyson I could see him for the now broken contrite man he is. As I listened I could hear his distressed soul crying. Not in a contrived or orchestrated manner. Through his transparency I could see and hear that there has never been anyone there for him. Imagine that! No love, comfort or guidance, nurturing or discipline; no wonder all the terribly explosive, excessive, animalistic behavior! He was really trying to compensate for his very low self esteem! The only person who was somewhat there for him was His boxing coach. His coach; Constantine, Cus D’mato became his only living hero!

Born Michael Gerad Tyson on June 30 1966! In good ole Brooklyn New York! Mike encountered trouble from the very beginning. He was abandoned at the age of two by his father. His mother was left struggling trying to raise three children alone, had to move to a very rough and rugged neighborhood! Mike was shy and withstood much bullying! It is from here he began to learn how to defend himself by street fighting! He was a wild child running the streets. By the age of thirteen (13) Mike had been arrested more than thirty (30) times! He was expelled from Catskill High School and was sent away to the upstate Tyron School for Boys a tough reform school!

It is here Constantine known as Cus D’mato found him and rescued him from reform school! Cus D'mato was known for helping and taking interest in promising fighters. Cus D’mato saw potential in him. Their relationship became more than he being just his trainer, he became his father figure. He trained Mike well. When he unexpectedly died of pneumonia, Mike Tyson was crushed and felt alone and abandoned once again. His face grimaces as he transparently shares their relationship! His mother shortly after died of cancer. She never saw him make it or be anything other than a “wild child” and…. I believed this further fueled the flames of His inner mounting anger that help him forcibly win the title as the youngest “heavyweight champion” of the world ever! At 20 years old Mike had an astonishing 22- 0 record; 21 of those fights were KNOCK OUTS! He refuted all challengers until… He was indicted for rape and imprisoned! He candidly admits he lost his faith in prison… The rest of Mike’s story is documented in detail and available on his DVD. “Tyson” it premièred at the Cannes Film Festival!

Mike so desperately wanted to win at something! Boxing was his way out of his dysfunctional violent, tortuous, haphazard meandering life! This was his way of coming out on top despite the many life hurdles that continued to only defer and hindering him the ability of maturing emotionally. Mike fell into a downward spiral; drug use, more decadence, erratic behavior and violence. Anger further nested its way into all avenues of his entire life. It was that anger that fueled and earned him the title of becoming “heavyweight champion of the world.” How sad. This only just further subliminally solidified and justified his anger. His anger rewarded! Ironically it was for this boxing he was awarded and won hundreds of millions of dollars. No doubt he was taken advantage of in this area! Lack of proper financial aptitude; that too was mismanaged and squandered and eventually lost along with his already fragile rather low self esteem, dignity and quite limited security and significance!

As one watches Mike Tyson with Oprah it is so easy to see that this strong forcibly strong man has been broken many times over. When Oprah mentions the death of his young daughter, devastation moves across his tormented face. Mike can hardly speak above a whisper about his arresting almost paralyzing hurt! Apparently she was found on a treadmill with the cord wrapped around her… He shakes his head and says “his angel,” he does not want to know the details of her death. He admits, it just might erupt a volcano of anger that he is just now beginning to learn how to harness and diffuse. Ironically his precious little angel was named “Exodus!”

Mike no longer wants anger to throttle and fuel his emotions and dominate his life! Now, His children and his new wife mean all the world to him! Here, Mike again openly admits that it he is struggling, this is the first time he has committed to a monogamous marriage! He has never had any positive role models. Yet he is sincerely trying to overcome the misconstrued images of him having a tough prehistoric archaic cave man mentality! Mike has had limited responsible role models. He admits he only watched people from afar and on TV. So he admits he just took bits and pieces from here and there…

I once again applaud Oprah for providing the venue and allowing Mike to be seen in her arena. The genuine concern Oprah has emits from her eyes as she allows Mike just to be. She does not try to over ride or cover up his emotions. As he allows for the erroneous tough guy façade to lift. It is behind the veil of anger you can see a kind hearted man that has learned to function in life with much overwhelming emotional baggage and many other unseen weights. I believe even "The Baddest Man On The Planet" can change. Just perhaps the compassion that is extended to an unknown person or that of one that has been lost in the jungle and then discovered, can be extended to Mike Tyson the man? He is still a human being who deserves to be loved, and the opportunity to learn how to love and trust. This is really what life is about! He has been for so long caught up in a whirlwind hurricane. Tormenting him and angrily spinning him about from place to place throughout his entire life.

Although Mike Tyson has made and lost hundreds of millions of dollars. He is just now learning, I believe for the very first time how to live! He has paid his dues to society. He now wants to build a better life that matters. A life where his children can be proud of him and he of himself! A new wife at his side… Mike Tyson has lost much. It is my prayer that he reaches out to the Lord! He now has the opportunity to gain the most priceless gift; which is finding purpose and peace! I think with the right kind of consistent support this time Mike Tyson can become all that he was created to be. The power of God's Love is Awesome! I hope that Mike makes it to the tenth round this time! And I don't mean in the boxing ring....


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    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Alladream, You are so welcome! Mike has had a really rough life... It doesn't excuse his behavior but it certainly warrants him much compassion! I too pray and hope that he can continue to press forward! As you say "I admire his turn around and hope he sees much better days!"

      Thank you for stopping by to share and please do come again! Peace & Blessings!

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      Thanks for a well written hub.I watched the documentary,"Tyson" and saw another side of Mike I did not know. I admire his turn around and hope that he sees much better days.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      DrPastor Carlotta, Thank YOU! Ali was an intelligent and disciplined boxer! Mike really has had a difficult time... Not that it in anyway excuses some of his behavior. But it does give us some insight as to why he has been so angry; he has basically had no one there for him... I pray that he draws closer to the Lord! We know that it will make all the difference in the world in his life!

      Thank You for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      GREAT HUB DeBorrah K. Ogans! I am a boxing Fan, Ali was my boy!! lol, I love how you can write about different subjects and apply the Lord in it. I too pray for Mike Tyson and his relationship with our Lord. Loved how you ended your Hub! Wonderful!! VOTED-UP!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Sweetie, Mike Tyson had an extremely rough childhood. This does not at all excuse his behavior. But it does give us some insight to better understand that he is a man in great emotional pain and turmoil which explains some of his poor behavior and choices! I do hope that he finds some resolve for his anger issues that have greatly negatively impacted his personal life as well as the downfall of his career...

      Yes, it would be nice if sportsmen and women as well as actors and actresses were role models but this is not always the case...

      Thank you for sharing, your comments! Please do come again, Peace & Blessings!

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      sweetie1 7 years ago from India

      Mike tyson has been greatest boxer of all time and yet i have seen him win world heavy weight titles in less than 5 minutes but he has been controversial and a jail for bad crimes finished his carrier, so out of ring activites killed his greatness a lot. Also sportsmen and movie stars should be role models like many Indian sportsperson are because they have lots of kids as their followers, so i would tend to look any famous person on these parameters.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Scarlet Danes, I read your hub; great job! Thank you for sharing your comments and taking the time to visit, please do come again! Blessings!

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      Scarlet Danes 8 years ago

      I have met Mike before..just a short meeting..(posted the experience on my hub just this morning)..With all the anger and the violence this man may have..he was very kind to me and my children. Great writing DeBorrah!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Tamararivella, I hope and pray Mike continues on the path he is now on... Thank you for stopping by, your comments are welcome. Thank you for sharing as well, Blessings!

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      Tamararivella 8 years ago

      Hi Deborah,

      Mike always seemed so lost to me. Even when he was on top, I could see through that hardened facade.

      you have great hubs, thanks for visiting mine.

      So glad I found you; I will be reading of yours tonight!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      AEvans. Thank you for your wonderful comments! The grief and torment in his soul was apparent when he spoke of His angel "Exodus." Yes it was sad. I am happy for him too! It seems to appear he is finally discovering a pathway to much needed peace! Thank you for sharing and taking the time to stop by. Please do come again. Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Stars439, You are right Music can calm the agitations of the soul. Love is powerful and it is exactly what Mike Tyson needs. You have some very interesting observations, thank you for sharing them. Your wise and humble opinion is appreciated! Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      AllMomneeds2know, You are quite welcome! Thank you for taking the time to stop by! Blessings!

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      What was really sad is when he lost his child recently here in Arizona the pain was overhelming. I have always known he was a sad soul and I am so glad that for the first time he is actually beginning to find Peace. What a great hub about a man who went from anger and pain to joy and renewed life. :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      James A Watkins, How could one not have compassion for a person in such emotional pain? You are right our world is a mess. Looking on a deeper level will give much insight to the pain that arrests so many... I know for sure that a "Touch" from God, will and can make all the difference in the world! I pray someone comes along to do just that! Thank you for visiting as always and your words of encouragement! Blessings!

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      There is an old saying that music calms the soul. Maybe enough love will help Tyson. Thank God he did not destroy his life. Many people love him for his powerful manhood and strength. He represents a kind of gladiator that survived all odds. The fury in his heart has been difficult to handle. Excellent narative in my humble opinion. God Bless you Dear Heart.

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      AllMomNeeds2know 8 years ago

      Thanks for the great article.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      I am very moved by your article. That DVD you mentioned is great. I just watched it last month and I was surprised at what a sympathetic character Mike really is. This world is a mess.

      Thank you for a fine read. I enjoyed it.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      The story of Mike Tyson and any other well known is shared because since they are celebrities the storyline gets the needed attention to these much too often repeated sagas... Perhaps as a film maker you could do a documentary which would give this subject that much more exposure! Down through the years I have worked with children, families and couples from all econonmic backgrounds and continue to do so. Thank you for sharing your point of view. Please come again... Blessings!

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      MistHaven 8 years ago from New Jersey

      Mike Tyson's story, sadly, is not a unique one. There are thousands of children in this country alone that go through similar, horrifying lives that never get a venue or a voice. It's time we stop trying to figure out the problem and start doing something about it.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      I think there are numerous factors that led up to Mike's behavior. However, I do know as he continues to face up to and take responsibility for his actions, continued change will take place. In this case I see happiness on the horizon for him. I do think he is now headed in the right direction. Most of all I pray that someone comes along to encourage him to seek the Lord!

      Thank you for sharing.


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      syras mamun 8 years ago

      I also believe that even "The Baddest Man On The Planet" can change his attitude towards others.Perhaps, behind Mike's eccentric behavior,his past and his companions were responsible,who really did not give him enough mental space to think about other beautiful aspects of life.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      Thank you! Understanding always helps us to see deeper. Thank you for visiting! Blessings!

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Deborrah for a well written hub on Mike Tyson, didn't understand him or his anger until you brought it to my attention, From reading your hub; I feel I can at least understand some his pain and the reason ,he is the way he is. thank you again for sharing this information. creativeone59

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Lady E,

      You are right! Wrong behavior is never justified. Facing it does opens the door to healing... It is always wonderful to hear from you.

      I pray that Mike continues to seek the path of peace. A relationship with the LORD will definitely make all the difference in the world.

      Thank you for sharing!


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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      I have learnt in life to see beyond a person. Mike Tyson has been seen as an agressive person but I personally think that there was an underlying factor, that caused him to have such an attitude to life. No one has that much bitterness in their heart, unless they have been hurt to the core. Having said that, it doesn't justify his aggression.

      I hope from now on, he can start to live with a peaceful spirit and enjoy the rest of his life. As you wrote, I hope he finds God too.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      Welcome and Thank you for visiting. Please feel free to always add your comments. I pray that Mike draws closer to the Lord... Yes, Surely more happiness is in store for him! May the Lord's continued presence keep you!


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      DancingRedFeather 8 years ago

      I thought the same as you and hopefully the new wife will bring him some happiness. I wonder if his dad is still alive..he is the one at fault that Mike is the way he is. I always knew it was from his childhood for sure for him to be the way he is. It is pityful actually.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Adam B

      Yes, Mike Tyson has paid his debt to society. Mike has certainly been through a lot... You have added an interesting perspective here. Thank you for sharing. Again, Thank you Adam for visiting and please come again.


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      Adam B 8 years ago

      He paid his debts to society when he shouldn't have had to. I was always of the belief he did not rape that women and when he recently called her "a rechid pig" in the Tyson documentary, it proves that point even more. No one spends years in prison and comes out and trashes the supposed victim like that. You can tell he has nothing but hate for that girl and that stems from being wrongly convicted of rape.

      Good hub.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      Thank you and your comments are always welcome!


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      Betty Bolden 8 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      wonderful writing i love this

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      Thank you for you kind comments and visitng as well!


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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Gicky Soriano,

      I learned some things about Mike Tyson I did not know. You have beautifully explained and summarized what has happened to Mike Tyson.

      Yes let's pray that as he is discovering that there is so much more to life than boxing, that just perhaps the fervor he had for boxing could help him find a real hero in Jesus Christ!

      Thank you for visiting! As always it's been a pleasure!


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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      As you said "He is a human being." It is sad as well as unfortunate about his daughter, all the more reason to have compassion for him.

      This really helped me to appreciate and cherish my personal relationship with the Lord just that much more! I cannot imagine life without the Lord!

      Thank you for visiting.


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      Godslittlechild 8 years ago

      We must remember that those in the public eye have the same humanity that we do. Good hub!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Bk Creative,

      I am sure that was quite a memorable encounter for your son.

      There is much unattended dysfunction in our society! You are right "Everything affects everybody." For example; We are all feeling the results of our current economy... You have made some excellent observations here! There are so many lost and living without purpose.

      Thank you for caring and sharing!


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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      You are right about Robin Givens, that was a memorable moment. Thank you and I am humbled by your kindess...

      Yes, I believe there is hope as long as there is breath in the body. Remember the thief on the cross next to Jesus?

      Thank you for visting and I will be coming your way as well.


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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      Yes, We must pray for Mike Tyson. We know that God can and will make all the difference in the world!

      Thank you for visiting.


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      Gicky Soriano 8 years ago from California

      For someone who isn't a boxing aficionado, you've delivered a great blow-by-blow hub of Tyson in retrospect. Something happens to people when they are our of their element. In Tyson's case, his short-lived purpose as a prizefighter was fleeting. The glory is gone. Stripped of his title in the ring and his dignity in prison, it is apparent that the man can breathe like a human being once again. Oprah's show simply allowed him to shed these human made protective layers that held him hostage for years. Underneath that animalistic bad man facade, hid a broken and contrite individual. Hopefully, Tyson is discovering that there's more to life's arena than boxing.

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      vanderhaven 8 years ago

      I just learned a few things about Mike Tyson myself, thanks to your hub. :)

      I am not a boxing or wrestling fan but of course I know who Mike Tyson is and I had an overall general dislike of his "sport" and I had a nonchalant attitude about him. Now, I can view him differently and see that he is a human being who has had to fight so much and never really learned about how to live.

      Recently when I heard on the news about his daughter I did wonder how he would face that and deal with it. It is a horrible thing and somehow God is going to work through it in His wisdom and ways.

      Thanks for this intersting and thought provoking hub.

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You shared great perspectives with us and boxing appalls me as well.

      My son met Mike Tyson more than 20 years ago at the very beginning of his boxing career and said he was such a nice guy - but then all that changed. There are a million reasons why - including having to fight your whole life and being a punching bag.

      And while many people will dismiss the dysfunctional families out there, thinking it is not their concern, it is - we have to remember that 'everything affects everybody' - if people are disfranchised why would they obey the rules and laws of a culture that does not include them? Unfortunately, the innocent often become victims of the disfranchised. One day we may realize that we are connected.

      Thanks for a hub filled with your kindness and generous spirit.

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      proudgrandpa 8 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I have long remembered the look on Mike Tyson's face when Robbin Williams said those words. The word that came to mind for me was Defenseless.

      I think these astute observations on your part say a whole lot more about Deborrah than they do Mike Tyson. I agree there is always hope, for the only unforgivable sin is Despair. I applaud and admire Oprah for the good she does and I appreciate you sharing this hopeful point of view. Thanks, NEIL

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      RevLady 8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Nice overview of Mike's struggles. I am not a boxing fan for the same reasons you stated. I pray for his continuing maturity and discovery of the grace of God. Wonderful hub!


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