June 10, 2002
The story of his long and pathetic downfall has been told often, and while it's been many years since he's been anything more to me than a psychotic sideshow (though, I imagine, that's partly an act), it was still a bit shocking to me to watch the clips of the Lewis fight and see just how little of that early fighter was left and realize just how long ago those years were.
[It didn't fit in with the above, but my favorite gambling story takes place the night when Tyson lost to Buster Douglas. I happened to be at the Meadowlands Racetrack with a few friends that night, and they were showing the fight on one of the monitors. The Douglas KO happened between races (you have to understand just how unexpected this was), as a crowded roomful of grizzled trackrats watched on in shock. Anyway, as the count reaches ten about 500 of these men turn to their companions and scream, as one, "I knew it! I wuz gonna bet on him!" before turning back to their Racing Forms to pick out their next loser.]
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