The Rise of Mike Tyson

Updated: May 1

As an up-and-coming pro with unusual potential, Mike Tyson managed to ravage through the world of professional boxing as a lion amongst the feeble. Gifted with an unearthly combination of power and speed, he conspired to become the youngest heavyweight champion of all time with an ease that seemed unfathomable.

Along the course of a twenty-year pugilistic journey, Tyson would inevitably encounter various personal and professional obstacles. Distractions and vices would eventually cast a shadow on the phenom from Brownsville who managed to bob and weave his way into the boxing hall of fame.

Prison time and substance abuse along with other distinct roadblocks seemed at once to define what had become of the once hulking hero. Yet it was those who would silently appear to be watching who would prove to forget the truthful words of Rocky Balboa as spoken by the main character in one of Sylvester Stallone’s most recent films. “It's not about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.”

In recent years, Tyson’s actions have amplified and echoed the testament of established author Jim George when he once proclaimed, “It’s not how you start that’s important but how well you finish”. While developing Tyson Ranch, a licensing and branding company devoted to making cannabis more universally understood, Tyson has recently managed to establish a successful platform for his voice through his well known podcast, Hotboxin with Mike Tyson. On his podcast, Tyson speaks informatively about the trials, the tribulations, and the truths regarding what he has come to know.

Efforts to find himself and make peace with life’s unbounded essence have seemed to change Tyson for the better and his recent philanthropic efforts would not display otherwise. In proclamation that he will indeed return to the ring after his recent bout with former four-division world champion, Roy Jones Jr. Tyson gives hope to us all in showing that it is never too late to redress the course of one’s existence. When asked about his newly emerged desire to once again fight, Tyson proclaimed, “the gods of war have reawakened me. They’ve ignited my ego and want me to go to war again”.

Are we listening? Perhaps the gods of war call for us all to get back up and go to war again? Despite what has happened in our lives, let us all draw the strength to get back up one more time and make right of what has gone wrong!