The transcript below is from the video “Mike Tyson Can Still Land The Ko” by MindSmash.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

Mike Tyson is 53 years old yet here he is showing us that he’s still got it to a point where even his pad man is shocked by his power. How is this possible? How can such an old man demonstrate this much skill and finesse? Truly what we are witnessing is far more than just a reminiscence of his past which is interesting because Mike Tyson would mention on his podcast that he’d actually avoid all forms of training. What is happening here?

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

Well, Mike Tyson is looking to rekindle that old spark by doing exhibitions, then giving the money he raises through those exhibitions to help people in need. It’s all for charity. Mike has grown from being one of the most intimidating, most feared men on the planet to being one of the most loved, and this is exactly why… He’s genuinely a good person at heart. That said, in this segment we’ll be taking a closer glance at his training and drills, his pad work and how that same pad work has led to ko’s in his career. Thank you for joining me on this breakdown as we take a closer glance.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

Hello. It’s crazy watching masters age and old men only to attain that glint of magic they forged in the youth. That’s one of the reasons why this is blowing up on social media. Just look at that, he’s so powerful. They think an old man is frail from muscle atrophy… weak, but can see Mike Tyson’s muscles are still intact. The skills he forged into his being are also there. Thus like riding a bike re-touching base with his old self. It has Mike Tyson shock us with his old man strength. It’s not necessarily sheer physical strength demonstrated in Mike Tyson’s pad work but the efficiency of his technique, which is something he’s actually shared throughout his career.

Larry Merchant (American Sportswriter, Commentator for HBO Sports, called “the Greatest Television Boxing Analyst of All-Time”):

What does it take for a real knockout puncher to get the job done?

Mike Tyson:

Well it’s certain kind of… being a big man really doesn’t matter, has no significance in knocking out someone. The main point is the quickness at which you throw the punches and that the leverage of what you have in the shoulder snap.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

It’s not about size it’s about your quickness and how efficiently you do the technique to leverage your mass. That said the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard stated on Mike Tyson’s podcast that.

‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard (Former Professional Boxer, 14th Greatest Boxer of All-Time Pound for Pound):

One thing you really don’t lose is speed. You may lose the timing a bit… the instant natural timing, but you don’t empower… Michael is gonna have power all throughout his life.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

If Mike Tyson’s body still remembers how to officially execute technique, you’ll still have that viciousness that infamous level of leverage he had in his prime. It’s a stockier build, shorter center of gravity harnessing the optimum body mechanics. It’s his technique which always comes natural ability. A closer glance reveals truly how Mike Tyson is not a byproduct of talent when he had the correct guidance refining him to perfection… and aiming that perfection that was when he was truly in his prime, that was when he was untouchable.

Cus D’Amato (Boxing Manager and Trainer to Mike Tyosn and Floyd Patterson):

Keep your head down when you come up with the edge, keep your head down. Yeah. It’s not coming up but starting to come up to make it perfect. It’s good, it’s not perfect.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

Cus D’Amato was a mind far ahead of his time. Thus that is what we see here a glance at the efficient body mechanics he drilled in his youth. Rest in peace Cus D’Amato you made one remarkable man and it’s showing even at this age.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

Let’s take a closer glance at the actual combinations like Tyson is using – jab cross/lead hook. This is a very standard combination. Perhaps part of the first few sequences you learned if and when you first started drilling technique yourself. It’s become so intuitive from drilling that even here you can see the lead hook push out by itself even when it wasn’t intended to be part of the combination.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

Slip uppercut, the slip uppercut was infamous in Mike Tyson’s arsenal. The slip moved his head off the line, but also gave the uppercut a better line to pivot into in pad work he threw to the body but it was common to seem to confuse his opponents by aiming to the body only to come up high with a guard splitting uppercut. This made the game of bracing for his blows all the more frustrating, but look at how kind and generous Mike is. He’s handing all of that confusion by smashing the light-bulb.  Wow! What a nice guy and here you all are thinking he’s a monster. After the uppercut Mike Tyson slips inside waves then rebounds off that momentum but the cross… boom! slip, weave, cross, the sequence transitioned into pure devastation. Perhaps you’ve heard Mike Tyson explained a simple jab cross as a knockout punch.

Mike Tyson:

My master Cus, my mentor, he would throw punches, he would throw combinations and the art of punching when you would throw two punches it would sound like one… You can hear them. They were two, but they sound like one punch. Yeah the jab then you go boom boom. You have to bring that back before it and that’s the knockout punch. The knockout punch… is actually to make two punches sound like one.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

A cross by itself will not do as much damage as a cross harnessing recoil from the first jab, even though the technique is different the premise is the same. This is actually an understanding that composes much of Mike Tyson’s power watching him slip and weave was textbook to his style, slipping off slightly from that punch only to slingback like an elastic bend. That’s why the pad man was blown away by this. It was not the natural attributes alone when you say old Mike Tyson still has got it. It’s the technique he truly has that is beautiful to watch and his reasoning to do exhibitions being so that he can help people in need. We all know Mike Tyson is a monster for his highlights of hooks and trash stuff, but this is what he’s truly always been.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

Underneath all that pain and despair placed upon up the road his youth at its core itself has taken compassion in man. Feels he exists for others. In the ring he was a very bad man, but outside of it just misunderstood. Mad love forever. I’ll always be grateful for your contributions even when most others just saw us fighting. If you like what I made, please subscribe to notifications. Thank you for time it truly does mean a lot to me. Thank you. Smash like button, if you enjoyed it. It’s all karma. Until next time, peace!




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