Iron Mike Showed Power And Speed From The Very Start Of His Boxing Career – And It Sent Fighters Running At 16 Years Old


Mike Tyson was taking on “seasoned professionals” at the age of 16 – all because his trainers could not find anyone who wanted to fight him.

Iron Mike became the youngest ever heavyweight champion at 20 years-old in 1986.

And the ‘baddest man on the planet’ went on to enjoyed a 20-year career in the ring, reining undisputed from 1988 to 1990.

The American is still the youngest fighter to win a title in the biggest division.

And he has recently blown fans away after sparring footage against Jimmy Clark – while just 16 – was unsurfaced.

Tyson’s opponent was a former Olympic fighter, being watched over by legendary coach Cus D’Amato.

A documentary on the career of Tyson has shown that this was far from a one-off when he was learning his trade.


Originally aired before the heavyweight’s campaign at the 1982 Junior Olympics – which saw him retain his gold medal – the documentary’s narrator, Lloyd Bridges, reveals: “The objective of all this is those moments in the ring which will hopefully lead to Olympic gold.

“But as it stands, it’s become difficult for Mike to get any ring experience.

“Recently, he’s only been victorious by forfeit.

“It seems that no amateur heavyweight wants to get into the ring with Mike Tyson.

“Until someone does show up, Mike has been forced to spar with seasoned pros.”

D’Amato, who passed away in 1985, also said he was impressed with the teenage Tyson’s passion.

“He has the ability, the potential and most of all the desire,” the trainer said.

“He really wants to be a champion.


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