The Long Round
The Long Round
In the late 1980s heavyweight boxing was ruled by one man - Mike Tyson. No one could touch him, it seemed, but nonetheless a generation of fighters tried. From 1986 to 1989, Mitch Green, Reggie Gross, Marvis Frazier, Pinklon Thomas, Tony Tucker and Carl Williams all attempted to bring Tyson to his knees. They all failed. Everyone knows the story of Tyson’s decline and fall - the manchild who seemed poised to become one of the greatest boxers in history is now a disgraced relic - but what happened to the men he defeated during his irrepressible prime? In The Long Round, Dominic Calder-Smith talks to these men nearly twenty years on - the Baptist minister, the drugs counsellor, the security guard at Ground Zero, the convicted assassin and many of their contemporaries - tracing their lives from their upbringings and years of promise to their encounters with Tyson and the present day. The Long Round explores, openly and honestly, the pain they felt in defeat and their subsequent search for self-respect, their problems with drugs and relationships, their legal woes and financial mismanagements. Some of these men have forged new lives outside of boxing, others struggle to do so, a few even harbour impossible hopes of one last shot at the title. The Long Round is the story of the fight game - a story of unfulfilled dreams and turbulent lives, of letting boxing go and making a fresh start. It is the story of what happens to fighting men when they move away from the spotlight of the prize ring and have to survive the game of life - the longest round of all.
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