Iron Ambition

Iron Ambition

My Life With Cus D'Amato

eBook - 2017
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"From the former heavyweight champion and New York Times-bestselling memoirist comes an intimate look at the life and leadership lessons of Cus D'Amato, the legendary boxing trainer and Mike Tyson's surrogate father. When Cus D'Amato first saw thirteen-year-old Mike Tyson spar in the ring, he proclaimed, "That's the heavyweight champion of the world." D'Amato, who had previously managed the careers of world champions Floyd Patterson and Jose Torres, would go on to train the young Tyson and raise him as a son. D'Amato died a year before Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history. In Tyson's bestselling memoir Undisputed Truth, he recounted the role D'Amato played in his formative years, adopting him at age sixteen after his mother died and shaping him both physically and mentally after Tyson had spent years living in fear and poverty. In Iron Ambition, Tyson elaborates on the life lessons that D'Amato passed down to him, and reflects on how the trainer's words of wisdom continue to resonate with him outside the ring. The book also chronicles Cus's courageous fight against the mobsters who controlled boxing, revealing more than we've ever known about this singular cultural figure"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, 2017
ISBN: 9780698413092
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Mar 09, 2018

A fairly strange book of interest to fans of sports, psychology, and history, it tells the familiar tale of how a teen street thug from a desperately poor neighborhood with only young death or a long prison term in his future was take under the wing of famed manager/coach Cus D'Amato. Tyson's talent and dedication were molded until he became the youngest and probably best (though his quick victories didn't always display it) World Heavyweight Champion, only to gradually fall apart due to the death of his mentor. YouTubing Iron Mike's greatest victories and knockout highlight reels should convince most skeptics of his complete dominance at the peak of his skill and conditioning.
The first and last third of the book are insights delivered in Tyson's voice, street language and all. The middle third is basically detailed court reporting (by co-author "Ratso"?) of D'Amato's courageous fight to rid professional boxing of fraud and Mafia influence. The real revelations in this book are of D'Amato's character. Brave, incorruptible. THE Master of Boxing, concerned with his fighters' welfare, he was also angry, egotistical, and manipulative; though still generally admirable, he was definitely sui generis.


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