Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/16/14
It was a bout 26 years in the making but, former undisputed champion of the world, Mike Tyson was recently given the opportunity to play the 1987 hit game "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!" Despite lending his name to the title of the game, 47-year-old Iron Mike had never played the Nintendo classic. When the game was released in 1987, Tyson, then 21, had started a tour fighting the world's best heavyweights, having himself become the youngest heavyweight champion in history after beating Trevor Berbick at the age of 20. It's understandable, then, that Tyson, who was becoming the biggest boxing sensation of his era, missed out on the gaming trend that was re-emerging in the mid-‘80s. Tysons's hand at "Punch-Out!!" showed the former champ getting really into the fight with the game's first opponent Glass Joe (a pun on the term glass jaw, which hints at a very easy opponent.) "Come on, Glass Joe! Take this, Glass, right up your a--!" said a very excited Tyson after being coached by a group of computer geeks in his corner . "Glass Joe, you punk! Up yours, dude!" Though you don't get to see just how far Tyson makes it in the game, given the difficulty he was having with Glass Joe, it's hard to imagine that he made it all the way to the final title bout against the tough-as-nails 8-bit Mike Tyson. What 26 years does to a body.
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