‘Trust in Cus’: Floyd Patterson’s Legendary Advice to Mike Tyson

Published 11/13/2021, 10:30 AM EST
YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: American professional boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference following a boxing masterclass for RCC Boxing Promotions boxers and children at the Martial Arts Academy established by the Russian Copper Company. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)


In the mid-1980s, the sport of boxing saw a heavyweight star emerge in Mike Tyson. ‘Iron’ Mike, in the retro era, became an overnight sensation with his prolific power and knockout abilities. Also, he had an unusual boxing style, through which he hammered dozens of opponents. Tyson’s then-coach, Cus D’Amato, is rightly regarded for instilling this iconic fighting style in him.

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D’Amato broke to fame when he guided Floyd Patterson to his heavyweight win back in 1956. However, D’Amato was in search of another star, who he later got in ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’.

A few days back, a video emerged on the internet, wherein Patterson, alongside D’Amato, guided Tyson

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He said, “Well, I would say that have faith, confidence, and mainly trust in Cus. He knows what he’s doing. There’re many times that I doubted him in his decisions. But I only regretted it afterwards.”

Tyson took this advice seriously, and he only learned from D’Amato as a true disciple. What followed later was not short of magic. Tyson debuted in the sport in 1985 and he only went ahead to keep on adding T/KO wins to his name.

While Tyson was tracing his shot to glory, he suffered a major setback when D’Amato died in 1985. However, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ honored him by winning the heavyweight belt a year later.

D’Amato knew what Tyson had in himself when he first met him. That said, the legendary coach only channelized Tyson’s mindset and power, which later helped him become the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time.

At what age did Mike Tyson become the heavyweight champion of the world?

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Mike Tyson battled Trevor Berbick for the WBC heavyweight title back in 1986. ‘Iron’ Mike was too skilled for his veteran adversary. As a result, it just took him 2 rounds to become the WBC heavyweight king.

LAS VEGAS – FEBRUARY 25: Mike Tyson boxes Frank Bruno at the Hilton Hotel-Casino on February 25, 1989 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson defeated Bruno with a TKO in Round 5. (Focus on Sport via Getty Images)

Back when he won this title, Tyson was just 20. Hence, he became the youngest heavyweight champion in history. This is a record he still holds.

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There will only be one Mike Tyson and there’s no one who can ever come close to him.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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