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A Savage Business: The Comeback and Comedown of Mike Tyson
A Savage Business: The Comeback and Comedown of Mike Tyson by Richard Hoffer 0684809087 9780684809083
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A Savage Business: The Comeback and Comedown of Mike Tyson by Richard Hoffer

In A Savage Business, Richard Hoffer examines the extraordinary two-year series of events that culminated in Tysons bizarre and horrific biting of Evander Holyfield in their second fight. With a fresh eye and lacerating wit, Hoffer describes the maneuverings and manipulations that enabled Tyson to win four fights, two championship belts, and $135 million without having to produce even one memorable moment - except his own self-destruction, his own disgrace, his own departure from the sport. Tysons best days as a fighter were behind him even before his conviction on rape charges. While jail time may not be everybodys idea of a marketing ploy, in Tysons case it resurrected the air of menace that had surrounded him when he was young and hungry, and that he had lost in lackluster efforts against the likes of Buster Douglas and Razor Ruddock. Furthermore, the three-plus years he served gave promoter Don King enough time to seize control of all three branches of the heavyweight crown, aided by the related retirement of Holyfield and the unusual career decisions made by Riddick Bowe. While Tyson warmed up with virtual walkovers against Peter McNeeley (possessor of a 36-1 record - achieved against opponents with a combined 148-436 mark) and Buster Mathis, Jr. (like McNeeley the son of a heavyweight who fought for the title; like McNeeley, no more a threat to win than his father had been), King lined up Frank Bruno, Bruce Seldon, and Francois Botha - three titleholders whom few could name, much less respect or fear - to await Tysons pleasure much the way bowling pins await the ball. How these plans were hatched and executed - and how they were derailed by Evander Holyfield and his extraordinary heart - makes for illuminating reading. Particularly well illuminated are the forces that work in the shadows of boxing: the casinos that angle for the few desirable fights and dates, luring the high rollers for a big night at the tables after the bout; the TV networks, who cut deals in a shifting array of alliances in which yesterdays enemy is todays friend is tomorrows arch-villain; the sanctioning bodies, always willing to help a friend, particularly one who pays hefty sanctioning fees; and above them all, the towering figure of the one true colossus of the sport, Don King - grandiose, brilliant, and hyperbolic and opportunistic to a degree that makes all previous uses of those words seem pale and wan. All of these forces saw in Tyson a chance to get something for nothing; all of them - with the inevitable exception of Don King - got burned.--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved (Syndetics)

Author: Richard Hoffer

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 272

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 1998-01-01

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ISBN: 0684809087

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