Rocky Balboa (Film 6) original fight film WORN Everlast corner jacket SIGNED by fighters and actor Bert Young who played Paulie.
This corner jacket was WORN and SIGNED by Livingstone Bramble who played the part of cornerman for the fighter Mason Dixon (played by Antonio Tarver) who faced Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), Tarver has also SIGNED the garment.
It has also been SIGNED by Tommy Morrison (who added Tommy Gunn) who played Tommy Gunn in Rocky V.
Bert Young who played "Paulie" as Sylvester Stallone's brother-in-law and best friend has also SIGNED the garment along with "IRON" Mike Tyson.
Rocky is a boxing saga of popular films all written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, who plays the character Rocky Balboa. The films are, by order of release date: Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990) and Rocky Balboa (2006). The film series has grossed more than $1 billion at the Worldwide box office.
Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a small-time boxer who seems to be going nowhere in life, as he works day-in and day-out as a collector for a loan shark and fights in sleazy clubs for low-paid reward, to which Rocky is mocked and told that he's nothing but a 'bum', especially by gym trainer Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith). At the same time, Rocky unsuccessfully courts Adrian Pennino (Talia Shire), a painfully shy woman with an alcoholic brother, Paulie (Burt Young). But when heavyweight champion of the World Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) chooses Rocky at random as his opponent in a title fight, Rocky realizes he now has the chance to prove he is not worthless. With Adrian as his support and Mickey becoming his trainer and manager, Rocky fights for his self-respect.
Soon after proving himself, even with a split decision loss to Apollo Creed, Rocky expects the good life to follow. He marries Adrian and begins spending the money he earned from the match. But after he fails at both endorsements and a series of low-wage jobs, Rocky realizes the only way he can survive is to begin boxing again. Creed, on the other hand, faces criticism from fans to overcome the fight. As a result, he taunts Rocky through publicity into a rematch, for which Rocky trains once again with Mickey. In the fifteenth round, Rocky knocks Creed to the ground, falling to the ground himself in the process. Both fighters struggle to get to their feet, but only Rocky is successful. For the first time, Rocky is declared the Heavyweight Champion of the World.
After winning the heavyweight title, Rocky takes advantage of his newfound wealth and fame, appearing in multiple advertisements & television programs, and relishing his new celebrity. After defending the title multiple times, he is prepared to retire, but the #1 contender, James "Clubber" Lang (played by Mr. T), challenges Rocky publicly. Rocky, after dealing with Mickey's heart attack before the fight, is overpowered by the stronger, hungrier Lang and is knocked out in the second round. Mickey passes away after the fight, and old rival Apollo Creed steps in, training Rocky to fight more in Creed's old style (and in his old Los Angeles gym) and use more guile and skill. In the rematch, Rocky outboxes Lang, tiring the stronger fighter out and eventually knocking him out in the third round. After the fight, Apollo calls in his "favour" for training Rocky, which is a one-on-one match between the two of them with no cameras, no media, just man vs. man in the gym. The film ends as they each throw their first punch.
After winning back the title from Clubber Lang, Rocky decides to spend some time with his family. However, destiny has some new plans for him which doesn't allow him to leave the ring. A new fighter from the USSR, Ivan Drago (played by Dolph Lundgren) has emerged, and challenges Rocky to an exhibition match. Apollo fights instead, and the beating he takes from Drago ends with him dying in Rocky's arms, still in the ring, as Drago coldly watches. To avenge Apollo, Rocky challenges Drago to a rematch, which is to be held Christmas Day in Moscow. In a montage replete with symbolism, Rocky is shown training in a remote cabin in Siberia with the help of Creed's old trainer Duke, his brother-in-law Paulie and (eventually) Adrian, doing exercises such as chopping wood, lifting rocks, running in the snow and climbing a mountain filled with snow, while Drago is seen in an ultratechnological training facility running on treadmills, utilizing weightlifting machines, and to boost his strength he has been injecting steroids. During the fight itself, Rocky takes the worst beating of his life, but refuses to fall, eventually winning over the foreign crowd with his display of courage and determination, and knocks Drago out with seconds left in the final round.
After the fight with Drago, Rocky Balboa is diagnosed with brain damage and is forced to retire from the ring. As if that isn't bad enough, the Balboa fortune is all gone due to an unscrupulous accountant. Rocky's family returns to their old neighborhood: Adrian returns to the pet store she used to work at, while, in a subplot, Rocky Jr. (played by Sylvester Stallone's real son) deals with bullying at the local high school and Rocky reopens Mickey's old gym. He meets a boxer named Tommy Gunn (played by real-life fighter Tommy Morrison) and begins training him but this causes issues between Rocky and his kid. Unfortunately, a sleazy fight promoter named George Washington Duke convinces Tommy that Rocky is holding him back, and Tommy throws over Rocky for Duke. After Tommy wins the heavyweight championship, he makes a short speech thanking Duke, and is met with jeers and the familiar chant of "Rocky" from the crowd. Seething from this insult, as well as being called "Rocky's Robot" in the papers, Tommy decides to seek out his former mentor for a final showdown. Rocky starts to walk away from the public challenge, but Paulie decides to let Tommy have a piece of his mind about how Tommy has treated Rocky - after which Tommy punches out Paulie. Rocky then challenges Tommy, "Hey - you knocked him down, why don't you try knocking me down now?" Duke tells Rocky that the fight will be in the ring, but Rocky tells Tommy "My ring's outside." The two proceed outside for a bare-knuckle street fight, which Rocky wins. Rocky then procceds to punch Duke after he threatens to sue him if he is touched but Rocky says "sue me for what?". Rocky then makes peace with his son.
In Rocky Balboa, sixteen years have passed since his final fight with his former protégé, Tommy Gunn. Long retired Rocky Balboa still staggers around an ever-changing World; his son is grown and distant, Paulie is working back at the meat plant, and Rocky's wife Adrian has died. Rocky has opened a restaurant, named after his wife, which he stocks with mementos of his prime as he tells his old fight stories to the customers. But when a computer simulated fight on ESPN depicting a bout between a young Rocky Balboa and the current champion, Mason Dixon (Antonio Tarver) reignites interest in the faded boxer, Rocky discovers he has not lost his fighting spirit and considers an opportunity to prove himself in the ring again. Rocky does a great job fighting, and almost wins but loses to a split decision just like the first movie. Rocky is last seen visiting his wife's grave saying "Yo Adrian, we did it".
Potential Rocky VII
In 2009, Stallone gave an interview to the German TV station Tele5 whereupon he mentioned that although it sounds foolish to some he feels he needs to make another Rocky movie, because "artists must again and again go through the dark." He also stated cryptically that the movie would likely be about getting older rather than boxing. At least one top executive at MGM has speculated they have plans to continue the Rocky franchise, based both on the overall gross of the movies (over 1 billion dollars) and the overwhelming positive commercial and critical reception that met Rocky Balboa. Later it became clear that the German station had picked up quotes from Stallone before he made Rocky Balboa. Stallone has since focused on a sequel to his action movie The Expendables, but has mentioned that the Rocky saga will continue, and the older he gets the more necessary it is to write another Rocky movie. The fact that seasoned "hurt bombs" can prevail over naive young talent was proven in Rocky Balboa
December 7, 2010, Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum, for paying tribute to boxers in writing and creating the underdog character of Rocky.
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Ras-I Alujah Bramble (born Livingstone Bramble on September 3, 1960 in Saint Kitts and Nevis). However, Bramble was raised on Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He became the first World champion from Saint Kitts and Nevis. As of 2005, Bramble is still active in professional boxing.
Although his last recorded fight occurred on June 26, 2003, he has never officially announced his retirement, and constantly hints that he wishes to fight on. His current record stands at 40-26-3(25).
Bramble began boxing professionally on October 16, 1980, knocking out Jesus Serrano in round one. Later, he beat Serrano again, by a six round decision. In his fourth fight, he would face the more experienced, fringe contender Jorge Nina, winning by a disqualification in the second round.
On June 4, 1981, he beat Ken Bogner by a knockout in seven, but later that year, on August 31, he lost for the first time, out-pointed over eight rounds by Anthony Fletcher.
After that loss, he built a streak of thirteen wins in a row, including wins over former World title challengers James Busceme and Gaetan Hart, as well as top ten ranked fighters like Jerome Artis and Rafael Williams.
He was given a shot at a World title when the WBA pit him and Ray Mancini for the organization's World Lightweight title on June 1, 1984. Despite the fact Bramble entered the ring sporting a record of 20 wins and only one loss, with thirteen knockouts, Mancini was widely expected to win: He had fought fourteen rounds with Alexis Arguello before, and he was coming off a successful title defence on January 14 against two time World champion Bobby Chacon, who had been beaten in three rounds by Mancini. Furthermore, talks about a super-fight between Mancini and IBF World Jr. Welterweight champion Aaron Pryor were under way. Nevertheless, Bramble cut Mancini in round one and went on to become the WBA World Lightweight champion by a fourteenth round knockout in Buffalo, New York. After this, Ring Magazine published a cover of him, WBA Jr.
Lightweight World champion Rocky Lockridge and their trainer, Lou Duva. The cover read: The championship season. When Bramble became a World champion, rumours of him practicing witchcraft became widespread. He did not deny these rumours.
It was said that he would cut off either a dog or rabbit's ears before fights, for good luck. It was also said that he often cut off bird heads to offer their blood to witch spirits so that he would not shed any blood of his own during the upcoming fights. Bramble did enjoy walking around with a snake, he used to walk into the boxing ring with one on his neck, and he was pictured, again on the cover of Ring Magazine, with his snake.
After defeating Edwin Curet by a ten round decision in a non-title bout, he and Mancini met again. In what marked the debut of the Compubox system, he defeated Mancini by an extremely close but unanimous fifteen round decision to retain his World title at Reno, Nevada, in front of an HBO Boxing audience, on February 16, 1985.
After that, and more specifically after Hector Camacho defeated Jose Luis Ramirez to claim the WBC title on August 10 of that year, there was widespread talks about a series of fights between Bramble, Camacho and IBF World Lightweight champion Jimmy Paul, to see who would become the unified World champion. Bramble was not able to fight, however, for exactly one year after defeating Mancini for the second time.
On February 16, 1986, he defeated the WBA's number one challenger, Tyrone Crawley, by a knockout in round thirteen. Bramble's next defence was supposed to be a preparation fight for him to meet Camacho in his next fight. He and Camacho defended their World title crowns on September 26, in what was nicknamed, as a matter of a fact, The rumble to Bramble.
Once again fighting in front of an HBO Boxing audience, however, he was defeated in what many saw as a surprise by Edwin Rosario, who knocked him out in two rounds at Miami.
After this loss, Bramble never regained his status as a top Lightweight. He fought on, and met some future or former World champions such as Freddie Pendleton, Charles Murray, James "Buddy" McGirt, Roger Mayweather, Rafael Ruelas and Kostya Tszyu, as well as World title challengers like Wilfredo Rivera, Oba Carr and Darryl Tyson. On most of these fights, he came on the losing end.
During the 1990s Bramble went through several name changes, often fighting under the names of Ras-I-Bramble or Abuja Bramble. This caused some boxing magazines to make mockery of him, including one that said Bramble would soon be known as The boxer formerly known as Livingstone Bramble, in an obvious reference also to the singer, Prince.
An avid marathon runner, Bramble competes each year at the International Boxing Hall of Fame's celebrity marathon. He is one of the most sought after autograph signers there every year. (2005 - present) Livingstone Bramble currently live in Kingston, NY and is a personal trainer at the MAC gym in Kingston, NY.
Antonio Deon Tarver (born November 21, 1968), nicknamed the "Magic Man", from Orlando, Florida, who is the former Ring light heavyweight champion and former IBF, WBC and IBO light heavyweight champion. He stands at 6' 2" and was the first man to beat Roy Jones Jr (Aside from a disputed loss to Montell Griffin, via disqualification). He built an impressive amateur career, including winning a bronze medal while representing the United States at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He captured the World title at the 1995 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Berlin, just two months after having triumphed at the Pan American Games in Mar del Plata.
In 2006, Tarver starred as Mason "The Line" Dixon, the heavyweight division champion in the film Rocky Balboa. Additionally, Tarver played in the Main Event at the 2007 World Series of Poker.
Professional Career - Early years
Tarver made his professional debut at the age of 28 on February 18, 1997, with a second-round knockout of Joaquin Garcia at the legendary "Blue Horizon" in Philadelphia.
Tarver won his first 10 fights, eight by knockout, before stepping up his level of competition. After taking most of his first 10 fights in either his native Florida or at the "Blue Horizon", for his 11th fight he met veteran Rocky Gannon in Chester, West Virginia, on August 30, 1998. Tarver knocked out Gannon in the second round. On February 29, 2000, Tarver fought Ernest Mateen, who had previously fought and lost to James Toney, over whom he proceeded to score a first-round knockout in Las Vegas.
Later that year, Tarver suffered his first loss when he was knocked down in the 11th round by Eric Harding, en route to a unanimous decision on June 23 in Biloxi, Mississippi.
However, he rebounded from this defeat with six straight wins, including a knockout of Harding in round five of their rematch.
Winning The Light Heavyweight Titles
On April 26, 2003, Tarver received his first World title shot, when he faced former World champion Montel Griffin for the IBF and WBC World light-heavyweight titles that had been vacated by Roy Jones Jr., who had gone on to beat John Ruiz for the WBA World heavyweight title the previous month. After dropping Griffin in the first and last rounds, Tarver was crowned World Light Heavyweight champion after winning a unanimous decision.
Tarver vs Jones I & II
Next, Roy Jones Jr. decided against defending his heavyweight title and instead announced his plan to return and take back the Light Heavyweight belts. Given little chance of winning, Tarver surprised fan and expert alike by taking Jones the distance and losing the fight and WBC title by a close majority decision on November 8, 2003, in Las Vegas, Nevada (Tarver had relinquished the IBF title a few days earlier in anticipation of being unable to make a mandatory defence.) Because some of those that saw the fight thought that Tarver had actually done enough to win the fight, a small but well-publicized controversy ensued, leading to the pair's second fight. Because of Jones's proven ability to adjust to opponents' styles during rematches, experts did not believe Tarver would pose much of a threat in the second fight on May 15, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevertheless, Tarver produced the upset and recovered the World titles by knocking Jones out in the second round. In the eyes of most observers, it wasn't as shocking that Tarver had beaten Roy Jones Jr. as it was that he had knocked him out; in fifty previous fights, Roy Jones Jr. had been sent to the floor only once, and he had never lost a fight by knockout.
In addition to the surprising result, Tarver-Jones II will also be remembered as the "No Excuse Fight" as a result of Tarver's memorable comments in the middle of the ring just prior to the match. When referee Jay Nady asked if the fighters had any questions, Tarver surprised everyone (though he had told his trainer, James (Buddy) McGirt, he would do this) by replying: "I have a question." Then, looking straight at Jones, asked, "You got any excuses tonight, Roy?"
Rise in Popularity
Tarver became a mainstream celebrity after his rematch win over Jones, making appearances at late-night shows, appearing on the cover of both Ring and KO Magazine, being spotted by television cameras as a spectator at various boxing fights, and co-hosting ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" for one telecast.
Tarver vs Johnson I & II
Later in 2004, the WBC decided to strip Tarver of the World title after he decided against fighting their mandatory challenger, instead choosing to fight IBF World champion Glencoffe Johnson December 18 in Temecula, California; Tarver had already been removed as Super Champion by the WBA in their July rankings. Interestingly, Johnson himself had been stripped of his IBF World championship before the bout with Tarver for not fighting his mandatory challenger.
Both fighters were celebrated for their decision to fight each other rather than bow to the pressure from what has become known as "The Alphabet Soup" sanctioning bodies (WBC, WBA and IBF). Instead, Tarver and Johnson, who most believed to be the top two fighters in the Light-Heavyweight division, fought each other. Ring Magazine announced that the winner would be declared its recognized champion. Tarver, considered a favourite to win the fight, suffered an upset loss to Johnson by way of a split decision in a fight that he did not appear to be in top shape for. However, he avenged the loss six months later with a unanimous decision over Johnson at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. After out-boxing and out-working the aggressive Johnson, Tarver won the bout handily and regained The Ring championship.
Rubber Match Against Jones
In their third fight, Tarver won a unanimous decision over Roy Jones Jr. on October 1, 2005 in Tampa, Florida, almost knocking Jones out in the 11th round but also finding himself in trouble at times during the fight. He thus retained his IBO Light Heavyweight title and took the vacant NBA Light Heavyweight title.
Tarver vs Hopkins
On June 10, 2006, Tarver faced former Undisputed Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins for Tarver's Light-Heavyweight title at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Hopkins, a 3-to-1 underdog, dominated the fight winning via unanimous decision. The fight was scored 118-109 by all three judges. Tarver was knocked down in the 5th round. As a result of a clause in the fight contract, Tarver was forced to pay $250,000 to a charity of Hopkins' choice since he did not knock Hopkins out before the fifth round. Hopkins announced his retirement immediately following the fight. Tarver's record would now stand at 24 wins and 4 losses, with 18 wins coming by way of knockout.
Return To The Ring
Tarver returned to the ring nearly one year after his loss to Hopkins, defeating Albanian-fighter Elvir Muriqi on June 9, 2007 by way of a majority decision capturing the IBO light heavyweight championship in the process. In his next fight, held at Foxwoods Resort Casino on December 1, 2007, Tarver registered a win over Danny Santiago by way of a 4th round TKO. Tarver then captured the IBF title by hammering and outpointing a one-dimensional Clinton Woods.
Tarver vs Dawson
On October 11, 2008, Tarver faced rising star Chad Dawson for Tarver's IBF and IBO Light-Heavyweight belts. The fight took place at Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Tarver lost the fight via unanimous decision, with wide margins of 118-109 and 117-110 (twice). The outcome was not disputed. With this latest loss it remains to be seen whether or not Tarver will continue to fight.
Tarver vs Dawson II
Tarver will again fight Dawson because of a rematch clause. The fight will begin on May 9, this time the fight will be televised by HBO.
Move Up To Heavyweight
Following the rematch loss to Dawson, Tarver took over a year off from the ring, before returning on 15 October 2010 to defeat Nagy Aguilera by 10 round unanimous decision in a bout that took place in the heavyweight division. For this fight Tarver officially weighed 221 lbs, some 46 lbs more than he had weighed for the Dawson rematch.
On 20 July 2011, Tarver took on Australian IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in Tarver's debut in the 200 lb cruiserweight division.
Tarver dominated the fight, knocking Green down in the second round and controlling the majority of the action from there on in. After taking heavy punishment and being saved by the bell at the end of round 9, Green failed to come out for the start of round 10, allowing Tarver to take the victory and the title by TKO.
Failed Drug Test
He reportedly tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid in his pre-fight urine sample prior to his fight with Kayode, with the tests' results only released publicly after the fight.
Tarver starred as heavyweight champion Mason "The Line" Dixon in the 2006 film Rocky Balboa. In the film the current, unpopular, champion Dixon fights former champion Rocky Balboa, who decides to come out of retirement. Dixon wins the match by split decision, and after breaking his hand in the second round of the bout but still managing to stand toe to toe with Rocky for the full 10 rounds, proves to doubters that he has the heart of a champion. The DVD of the movie offers an alternate ending, in which Rocky wins the split decision. Dixon's record before the fight is 33–0–0. Also on the DVD,
the film's writer and director Sylvester Stallone wanted to cast a real boxer in the role of Dixon, as he thought it would be easier to teach a boxer how to act than to teach an actor how to box convincingly. In an August 18, 2010 interview with Stallone on The Howard Stern Show, the director indicated that Tarver refused to film his scene after the MGM had been rented out and filled with people already incurring high costs. In order to get the filming done, Stallone gave Tarver a cut of his own salary and points on the back end which resulted in Stallone making no money on the film.
Commentating With Showtime
Since his loss to Dawson, Tarver has been serving as a boxing analyst for Showtime Championship Boxing.
Tommy David Morrison (born January 2, 1969, Jay, Oklahoma) is a former World heavyweight boxing champion. Dubbed "The Duke", he is the grandnephew of Hollywood star John Wayne.
Morrison has also garnered media coverage for his troubled life outside the boxing ring
His biggest breakthrough, however, came in 1989, when Sylvester Stallone was a spectator at one of Morrison's bouts and realised that Morrison would be ideal for his Rocky V movie. Stallone arranged for Morrison to have a script reading, and was cast as Tommy Gunn in the movie. While Morrison did win two fights in 1990, it was when Rocky V was released in December of that year that he gained mainstream popularity.
In 1991, Morrison, already the receiver of much television exposure, won four fights, against opponents the calibre of former Larry Holmes World title challenger and Tyson opponent James Quick Tillis, and former World champion Pinklon Thomas.
He was then given a crack at becoming World Heavyweight champion by WBO champ Ray Mercer in a Pay Per View card held on October 18 1991. Morrison lost what turned out to be a highlight film knockout in round five.
Morrison had six wins in 1992, including one over former Riddick Bowe opponent Art Tucker, and one over future World title challenger Joe Hipp, who would later become the first Native American to challenge for the World Heavyweight title.
After two wins in 1993, including one over two time former World title challenger Carl Williams, Morrison found himself fighting for the World championship again, this time against Foreman, On June 7. Morrison surprised many critics by outpointing Foreman over 12 rounds, winning the World title.
Almost immediately, talks of a fight with WBC World champion Lennox Lewis began, although it would not have been a unification bout, because the WBC has always refused to have recognised the WBO.
Talks of a Morrison-Lewis fight, however, momentarily came to a stop because Morrison was himself upset in his first defence by virtually unknown Michael Bentt, being knocked out in round one in front of a live HBO Boxing audience.
He recovered by winning three bouts in a row in 1994, but then, he drew in his last fight of the year, against another virtual unknown, Ross Puritty.
He won three fights in 1995 before meeting Razor Ruddock for the IBC Heavyweight Championship. This fight was named fight of the year by various magazines, as Morrison dropped Ruddock several times, but had to climb off the canvas in round one himself before scoring a sixth round knockout win.
The fight with Lewis, who had also lost his World championship, finally came off after the fight against Ruddock. Lewis stopped Morrison in six rounds.
A few days before his next fight, to be shown on Showtime, Morrison had a mandatory HIV test performed by the Nevada state athletic commission. It was revealed during Showtime's telecast of the boxing undercard, that Morrison was on a flight home to Oklahoma City, following the revelation that the HIV test proved positive, automatically retiring him from boxing as a competitor.
Later in 1996, Morrison announced that he wished to make a comeback with one more bout, the proceeds of which would go to benefit his newly created KnockOut Aids Foundation.
Morrison won what would turn out to be his final fight, a first round knockout of Marcus Rhode in Tokyo. Morrison finished his boxing career with a record of 46 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw, with 40 of his wins by knockout.
Morrison spent 14 months in prison after retiring on drug and weapons charges.
On September 9, 2003, Morrison's wife Dawn gave birth to a boy, Tristin Duke Morrison. He and his family currently live in rural White County, Tennessee, where he is seeking a return to acting, and doesn't rule out the possibility of fighting again. He is currently penning his autobiography and has recently signed a deal that would see a movie produced on his life.
On April of 2005, Morrison admitted in an interview to using steroids, both before, during and after his boxing career was over.
Born Michael Gerard Tyson on June 30, 1966 in Brooklyn, NY. A standout amateur, Tyson was the 1984 National Golden Gloves champion. Following a controversial loss to Henry Tillman at the 1984 Olympic trials, he turned pro in 1985.
Behind his trademark peek-a-boo defence, quick hand speed and swarming combination punching, Tyson strung together 19 straight knockout victories before going the 10-round distance in back-to-back fights with James “Quick” Tillis and Mitch Green. Six more knockouts followed before stopping WBC king Trevor Berbick (TKO 2) in 1986 to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history. He added the WBA title with a decision over James Smith (W 12) and unified the titles with a win over IBF champion Tony Tucker (W 12), both in 1987. Six defences of the unified titles came next, including wins over Larry Holmes, Tony Tubbs, Frank Bruno and Carl Williams.
He stopped Michael Spinks in 91 seconds to earn universal recognition as champion in 1988. In 1990 he lost the title in an upset loss to James “Buster” Douglas. He rebounded for four wins, including two against Razor Ruddock. A proposed 1991 title bout with Evander Holyfield was postponed due to a rib injury. Tyson reclaimed the WBC and WBA titles in bouts with Frank Bruno (TKO 3) and Bruce Seldon (TKO 1) respectively in 1996. That same year, he lost the WBA strap to Holyfield (TKO by 11) and, in the 1997 rematch, Tyson lost by disqualification.
From 1999 - 2001, six fights followed, including wins over Frans Botha (KO 5), Lou Savarese (TKO 1) and Brian Nielsen (TKO 7). In 2002 he was unsuccessful in a heavyweight title bid against champion Lennox Lewis (KO by 8).
“Iron” Mike retired from the ring in 2005 with a 50-6,2 NC (44 KOs) record.
Gerald Tommaso DeLouise (born April 30, 1940) better known by his stage name Burt Young, is an American actor, painter and author. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role as Sylvester Stallone's brother-in-law and best friend Paulie in the Rocky film series.
Young was born in Queens, New York, the son of Josephine and Michael. He was trained by Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.
Young is widowed and has one daughter, Anne Morea. He lives in Port Washington, New York.
Young made his name playing rough-edged working class Italian-American characters, the best-known example being his signature role as Sylvester Stallone's brother-in-law Paulie in Rocky (1976), for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He is one of three actors (the other two being Stallone and Tony Burton) who have appeared in every Rocky film (although, additionally Talia Shire appears in Rocky I-V, and makes a flashback appearance in Rocky Balboa).
He has played similar roles in Chinatown, Convoy, Back to School, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Once Upon a Time in America, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Downtown: A Street Tale, and even a brutal and darker role in Amityville II: The Possession.
Young has also appeared in many television programs, including The Rockford Files, Baretta, Law & Order, Walker, Texas Ranger, M*A*S*H, guest-starred in a Miami Vice episode, and made an appearance on The Sopranos ("Another Toothpick") as Bobby Baccalieri's father, who is dying of cancer and comes out of retirement to execute a hit on his godson.
Young is a painter whose art has been displayed in galleries throughout the World. He is also a published author whose works include two filmed screenplays and 400-page historically based novel called Endings.
He has written two stage plays: SOS and A Letter to Alicia and the New York City Government From a Man With a Bullet in His Head.
Young participated in the 1984 New York City Marathon.