Trainer Reveals Greatest Learnings From Mike Tyson and Says “Iron Mike” is ‘The Real Man’

Published 08/14/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
ATLANTIC CITY – DECEMBER 8,1990: Mike Tyson looks on in the ring against Alex Stewart during the fight at the Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mike Tyson won by a TKO 1. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)


Mike Tyson had joined hands with MMA mastermind Rafael Cordero for his boxing return at the age of 54 last year. ‘Iron’ shook the entire combat world by announcing his comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr and showcased sheer prowess in his early training clips.

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Despite the age, Tyson looked fierce during his training with Cordero and the duo eventually succeeded as Tyson seemed the aggressor in the exhibition bout. Although the fight was declared a draw, Mike Tyson looked more promising under certain parameters.

While it has been months since then, Rafael Cordero has newly looked back at his experience with Tyson. He reflected on the features that he learned from the ‘Baddest Man On the Planet’ while training him.

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In a chat with ES News, Rafael Cordero said, “Be humble, he has all the success that he success that he has in life He treat his people with humbleness ness you know and I learned every single day with him about boxing about life. I learned from, how can I tell, the real man. The guy that had everything in his life and lost and got everything again with different values.

“So, it’s a nice thing to work with somebody that you have as an idol and I have Mike as an idol.”

Although Mike Tyson was known for his loud mouth and brashy nature in his prime, he has shown some prominent changes in his dotage. Aged 55, ‘Iron’ Mike is now a philanthropist and a boxing historian. Meanwhile, several more feathers fall on his cap. Here’s a look at Mike Tyson’s life post-retirement from boxing,

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Mike Tyson – The living legend of boxing

Excluding his stellar return to the ropes last year, Tyson is highly relevant in today’s boxing world. He is the host of the Hotboxin podcast, which is one of the most popular talk shows in the world and revolves mostly around combat personalities. Furthermore, Tyson has several smart investments and his own cannabis business in California, USA.

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So, the heavyweight icon continues to earn hefty paychecks. Moreover, he is rumored to compete one more time as an exhibitionist boxer. A trilogy clash against Evander Holyfield or a rematch with Lennox Lewis can be two potential fights. Hence, it all comes down to Mike Tyson, who is still spinning big wheels in the fight business.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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