Mike Tyson’s first trainer, Cus D’Amato, had a huge impact on him as a boxer and as a man. D’Amato helped Tyson turn his life around and taught him the techniques that would help him become a world heavyweight hero.
However, when Tyson first met D’Amato, things were not so sweet. At the time, Tyson was just a common street urchin who loved to steal people for fun. Tyson even recently admitted he wanted to steal D’Amato when he first met him.
Mike Tyson considered the robbery of Cus D’Amato, his defender and trainer
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Cus D’Amato was Tyson’s first trainer and the man responsible for helping Tyson turn his criminal life around. Tyson moved in with D’Amato after he was sent to a reform school because of his misbehavior.
When the two first met, Tyson did not know what to make of D’Amato. Having grown up in one of America’s toughest neighborhoods, it was his first instinct to take advantage of D’Amato.
“When it came to Cus, I saw this big house, you know, I’m out of the gutter,” Tyson said. “I saw this big house, a 14-room Victorian mansion, I said ‘Wow, do I live here? ‘And I thought about the same thing, I thought about stealing too. It’s hard not to think if you’re a street person. You see this guy, all this stuff, and he says ‘No, this stuff is yours, you live here, you are one of us. ‘But I don’t know, I still wanted to steal it.
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Tyson’s rough build made it difficult for him to trust anyone, let alone D’Amato. Growing up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, he was not used to anyone who was really kind to him. Tyson was skeptical of D’Amato’s soft approach for a while and even mocked his kindness as a sign of homosexuality.
“And then he started talking to me about my character and this and that… and I say, ‘Who is this man? I thought it was someone gay hitting me or something. Telling you that you look nice [unintelligible] what is he talking about? South? What the hell does he want? And I said ‘What does this white man teach me about fighting. Woo, what I got into is finding out. “
In time, Tyson let his guard down and the rewards were huge. It turned out that D’Amato taught him much more than just martial arts – he taught him a fighting spirit.
“You know what I mean, he taught me about fighting spirit. You know, that’s more than a fight. Fighting spirit. You know, woo, he just – then I became his slave. I said teach me more.
Tyson lived to make D’Amato proud
As their relationship progressed, Tyson began to place more trust in D’Amato and looked to him for guidance in his life. As his defender, D’Amato did more than teach Tyson’s essential boxing techniques. D’Amato was also passionate about teaching him life skills and helped him become a better man.
As Tyson progressed as a boxer, he found satisfaction in making D’Amato proud. At a young age, he devoted his life to making D’Amato happy.
“If Too Happy, it would make me happy. If I let people make it happy, f – k, I want to do it. I want to take out five every day. Really, because that made him happy. That was my job, I just wanted to make him happy. He was happy to make me happy.
The friendship of Tyson and D’Amato paid off for the boxer. Under his tutelage, Tyson became the youngest ever overweight champion, winning the title at just 20 years old. Today, he is known as one of the greatest boxers of all time.