Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx (Ray) and celebrated film director Martin Scorsese are teaming up to make an awesome movie about the life of "The Baddest Man on the Planet," former heavyweight champ and boxing icon Mike Tyson, who finished his career with 50 wins, with 44 knockouts, and six losses.
Everyone knows just how much of a rollercoaster Iron Mike's life has been. He first turned heads as a 19-year old knockout machine from Catskills, New York, before eventually becoming the youngest heavyweight champion of the world in just over a year. We also witnessed how his life went downward spiral: the rape accusations and his subsequent time in jail, that WTF moment when he bit rival Evander Holyfield's ear, and his many public meltdowns.
Clearly, Foxx, who'll be playing the role of Tyson, and Scorsese have a lot of material to work on. The real problem here is this: How the hell are they going to choose which of the 44 awesome and curse-inducing knockouts of Iron Mike's career will they commit to film? Direk Marty, can't you do all?
With that in mind, Tyson recently urged the public to help him pick the top ten KOs of his career that should get featured in the Scorsese-directed film. He uploaded all of his 44 KOs in YouTube together with this caption: "Help me pick my 10 best knockouts to feature in the Mike Tyson story starring Jamie Foxx and directed by Martin Scorsese."
Video via Mike Tyson's YouTube channel
And because we're big boxing fans, and would totally love seeing the Mike Tyson movie happen, we decided to help out Iron Mike! Check out picks below!
MIKE TYSON VS. MICHAEL JOHNSON (1985)
A 19-year old Tyson delivers a crushing liver blow and seals the win with a brutal jaw-breaking right!
Video via TysonProductions' YouTube channel
MIKE TYSON VS. SAMMY SCAFF (1983)
Despite his towering 6'5" opponent (Mike's generously listed at 5'10"), Tyson didn't have a problem delivering bombs, breaking and almost tearing off his opponent's nose.
Video via VideoLatinoHD
MIKE TYSON VS. FRANCOIS BOTHA (1999)
After getting a li'l hungry and biting Holyfield's ear (TWICE!), Tyson returns from suspension and immediately faces another bad mofo in Botha. Tyson looked rusty for the first four rounds. He finally came alive in the fifth, planting a short left hook to Botha's jaw that immediately sent the South African down on the canvass.
Video via MrKevster67
MIKE TYSON VS. MICHAEL SPINKS (1988)
When you pit two undefeated fighters for the lineal heavyweight championship title, you expect to see a competitive fight that might go the distance. So when Tyson, who held the WBC, WBA, and IBF heavyweight titles, faced Ring Magazine beltholder Michael Spinks for the undisputed heavyweight title, everyone never thought it'll be over in only 91 seconds. Only ten punches were landed, two from Spinks and eight by Tyson, with the last punch almost sending Spinks out of the ring.
Video via TysonProductions
MIKE TYSON VS. CLIFFORD ETIENNE (2003)
Etienne was expected to pose problems to an aging Tyson during their bout. Unfortunately for the rising contender, it didn't come close from happening. Tyson put Etienne to sleep after just 49 seconds via a chopping right from hell. It was the last knockout victory of Tyson's career.
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MIKE TYSON VS. HENRY TILLMAN (1985)
Being Tyson's comeback fight the Buster Douglas upset might be the worst decision Tillman ever made in his life.