Tyson on Ali – “The Constellation to Our Souls”
Last August, the Undisputed Champion Network was in Las Vegas to cover inductions of boxing greats into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Leading the bill was Mike Tyson’s introduction of Muhammad Ali’s induction.
Tyson talks about his first encounter with Ali – as a 12-year old in a juvenile detention center in 1978 – when after a screening of “The Greatest” the lights came on to Ali standing before the boys.
A few years later, under the care of Cus D’Amato, the day after Larry Holmes battered Ali in 1980, Cus put a 15-year old Tyson on the phone with Ali. Iron Mike pledged to Ali that “when I get big, I am going to get ’em for you.”
When he had the chance in 1988 to cash in on his boyhood promise, Ali visited Tyson before the fight and said, “Kick his ass for me.”