JF on Tyson

Last week, I watched the new documentary Tyson by James Toback. It felt more like a 60 minutes interview, than a documentary. But that’s ok because the subject is extremely interesting. Mike does a great job of opening up and coming across as a a nieve little kid in a grown up body. I admit, the testosterone in me got me amped up during the montages of Mike’s greatest knockouts. Toback does a good job of cutting together the monologue with all the historical imagery and video footage.

It was interesting to get a retrospective look at his career. Growing up I was the proud owner of Mike Tyson’s Punchout for NES (check the footer icon for “recent comments”). Mike was nearly unbeatable in that game and I never was able to do it. I used to love Evander Holyfield’s “Real Deal” Boxing (see this hilarious video) and Greatest Heavyweights for Sega Genesis. Those two games actually taught me a good deal about who is who in boxing history. Watching Tyson brought back a lot of those memories.

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  1. art176 September 7, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    I watched the documentary last weekend, and it was truely a discovery, the personnality of the champ, as well as the angel/devil in him are one of kind
    Another aspect of the doc that intrigued me was the “vocabulary” of Mike, either he was mentored, or has done some serious reading (and understanding)
    a must see, and must have!
    cheers Jeff

  2. Jeff Finley September 9, 2009 at 1:33 am #

    yeah I agree about the vocabulary, he was surprisingly articulate and figure out the right words to convey his emotions. He was really emotional throughout, which was touching – but maybe a little forced. But that’s ok.

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