This is a vintage piece of incredible sports memorabilia honoring the legendary American professional boxer, Mike Tyson. This piece includes an original Sports Illustrated cover from the January 6, 1986 issue featuring a portrait of 19 year old Tyson before having his iconic face tattoo, posing for the camera; and a 1991 Ringlords Mike Tyson “sample card” mounted on a red mat; This item is in excellent condition, framed with white, red and black mats in a black laminated wooden frame.
Appraisal Value: $3,000.00 Our Price: $695.00
Michael Gerard Tyson (b.1966) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. Nicknamed "Iron Mike" and "Kid Dynamite" in his early career, and later known as "The Baddest Man on the Planet", Tyson is considered one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990. Claiming his first belt at 20 years, four months, and 22 days old, Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title. He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, as well as the only heavyweight to unify them in succession. He holds the sixth longest unified championship reign in heavyweight boxing history at 8 consecutive defenses.
Two Excerpts from the Sports Illustrated Magazine Interview with Mike Tyson
"The first time Bobby Stewart saw Mike Tyson, two staff members of the Tryon School for Boys, a center for juvenile delinquents in upstate New York, were leading Tyson across the grounds toward Elmwood Cottage, the living quarters where Stewart was a counselor. It was 1979, and Tyson was only 13 years old, but he was already built like a tugboat—5'8", 210 pounds—and he was in handcuffs.
Tyson may be the most devastating puncher in boxing today, a remorseless attacker who bobs and weaves inside and throws swarms of left hooks and right hands to the body and the head. The victims of these assaults may have been mostly nameless stiffs looking for a payday, but Tyson gave them more than that. Upon regaining their legs, they spoke with a remarkable unanimity about the experience of fighting him."
- Sports Illustrated, 1986
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