Sport: Of Murderous Intentions

A title for Mike Tyson, the new young tiger

So Muhammad Ali did not take boxing with him after all. Just as Joe Louis had not after all. Just as Jack Dempsey could not after all. They left it to Mike Tyson, a primitive without stockings, who carves a hole in a towel and calls it a robe. Like boxing, he is an anachronism, a dusty old museum piece of 20, a black from Brooklyn's worst circumstances, an orphaned street robber found handcuffed to a reform-school radiator, and the youngest heavyweight champion of the world.

He was bequeathed to the sport by the old trainer Cus D'Amato, who died a...

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