This Day In Sports History (March 24th) – Magic Johnson & Larry Bird
This Day In Sports History (March 25th) – Mike Tyson
It was on this day in 1995 that Mike Tyson was released from prison after serving nearly three years at the Indiana Youth Center near Plainfield, Indiana. Tyson was given a sentence of six years in prison as well as four years probation for his conviction of raping the 18-year-old Miss Black Rhode Island, Desiree Washington.
Tyson was 26 when he went to prison and many consider mid-to-late 20′s as prime years for a boxer. Although “Iron Mike” won his first two fights after his release, he was clearly not the same boxer he used to be. About one year after being released from prison, Tyson regained his WBC title by defeating Frank Bruno. Later that year, he knocked out Bruce Seldon to recapture his WBA belt.
Mike Tyson was powerful, fast, fearless and intimidating, all necessary tools to becomming a world class heavyweight boxer. Although Tyson is regarded as a great boxer, one can only imagine how great he could have been if he kept all his rage inside the ring.
Here is Tyson knocking out Bruno for the WBC belt.
Avery Johnson, NBA – Born March 25th 1965 (age 49) in New Orleans, Louisiana
Tom Glavine, MLB – Born March 25th 1966 (age 48) in Concord, Massachusetts
Wladimir Klitschko, Boxing – Born March 25th 1976 (age 38) in Semipalatinsk, Soviet Union