Many a boxing fan will remember the Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson fight almost twenty years ago now.
Back in 2002 in Memphis, Tennesse.
Going into the bout the perceived volatility of one of the participants seen to be so adverse that the bout had issues even getting a place to host it.
Alas, after a press conference brawl and various unpleasant words exchanged, a venue was found in the end.
‘The Pyramid’ no less.
Lennox Lewis beat down an older version of Mike Tyson and stopped him inside the distance on the night.
A different time for both men in their careers but a very impressive display by Lewis nonetheless.
Solidifying his status as one of the great heavyweight champions in boxing history.
Here’s how he did it:
Nowadays the pair are on more friendly and respectful terms.
Indeed, Lewis agreed with something Tyson said recently that got a lot of engagement from people around the world:
Very powerful stuff.
Here’s the full clip on ‘HotBoxin with Mike Tyson YouTube’ (hat tip):
Controlling anger and forgiving key to life, surely. There is only one God and God’s wrath is for God alone to use, no one else.
The hardest thing of all though in life, forgiving.
There’s no alternative in the end though as if you don’t forgive hate will eat you up inside and then evil wins, not good.
From a purely logic standpoint, even taking spirituality out of it all together, that is also a counter productive action and behavior that hurts you, not helps you. There is no common sense in that.
Even forgiving your own fellow countrymen and countrywomen who betrayed you from birth and covered up information with deceit stopping and prohibiting certain family members from ever meeting before they left this Earth.
Those actions can never be undone or taken back. Nothing will fully ever repair that broken trust, heart ache and loss. It is unexplainable in words. Life just gets a bit easier as time goes on by trusting in God.
All the years of hurting and abusing one’s self never replaces that. Turning pain inwards to avoid hurting others not good either. God is the only thing that can fix that. Absolutely nothing or no one else. Betrayal and disloyalty the only thing I find personally hard to forgive.
They are not stupid though and know now that no other nation government allies, agents of the State, private individuals, men of combat, organizations, judge, prison, policeman, military personnel, men of science or anything or anyone on this Earth can help them now other than God, as ultimately, life is short (most don’t realize how short) and God is control.
Each to their own, everyone’s beliefs are there own.
They’ll think twice before messing with certain people or family members again. Now that they finally get the message and understand they’d be smashed like clay pots and crushed within seconds. There is a balance to everything and weighing things up with scales for justice is sought appropriately at times in life, one can’t just stand by and observe injustice at times.
All we can do I suppose is forgive and try never say a bad word of anyone. It is good to be respectful of others and have manners. It costs nothing at the end of the day.
You have been forgiven. Now you are free.
Indeed, all followers and true believers in God are regarded as saints anyway (hundreds of millions of them, surely) and the word church just an extension for a term for all of God’s people (not a physical building or place) in the original Christian without nomination bible and scripture.
You’ll never find the word ‘religion’ in the original Bible anywhere, something God never made up, just some word and concept made up by humans.
Now, Greek word ‘threskeia’ is in the New Testament. Some have translated that to religion but others say it was used as a phrase of praise and not understood as the modern concept of religion in today’s times.
Tens of thousands of angels out there too surely, not just a few.
One thinks of the following in that regard:
“If God be for us, who can be against us?”
Also from the Bible — direct from Jesus Christ himself, the only son of God I recognize:
“The Scriptures also say, ‘Don’t try to test the Lord your God.”
Just my two cents. Respectfully, each to their own.
Respect for and freedom of all religions is an international legal right.
Crucially, moreover, respect for all people in all nations regardless of anything or any differences is key surely also as a human moral obligation.
Under Christianity we are commanded to love all people in all nations by God. Let people do whatever they want if it is legal as long as they do not harm one another.
No one knows everything other than God.
Can only speak for myself, was right all along. God wants one to chase the dream at the end of the day.
Never forget this in life. Ever.
You do what’s right for you, your future wife, your kids and your family settling and establishing in the country or place you consider home first, at the end of the day, before you can help anyone else after that.
We all have to bare our cross but there is always light — not darkness — at the end of the tunnel.
All that said, never claimed to be perfect (never met someone who was either) and can only speak on me own beliefs in that I love Jesus Christ more than myself. The only way I know to get to God is through the son. Trusting in God has never let me down in anything.
But heck, much respect to all people and their own beliefs.
You can’t take life or yourself too seriously either at the end of the day.
When all is said and done after that, I’m just some moron at least loving life now though.
Happy doing what I love to do everyday with the people I love in the country I love. A stronger man than ever before. A changed man now for good through my faith in God and the bible.
Sometimes in life also you just have to dig down deep like the badger and find the strength from God to pull yourself out of a mentally dark place back into the light.
We carry on. Great fights ahead in boxing soon.
As an official member of the press now having received our international credentials, look forward to promoting some of the big upcoming fights.
Lewis and Tyson certainly do know some stuff about life above though. For sure.
This on the same note very good from Tyson too recently:
Praying for people rather than talking about them more wise moving forward — as regards the above advice from Tyson and Lewis.
God in control of all this life stuff ultimately. Once again, respectfully, each to their own.
Just have to keep the faith, forgive and keep being good to one another.
All you can do it your best and be good to one another regardless of differences to live in peace. What’s more important than that ultimately?
What’s the alternative too or what more can anyone do at the end of the day.
Got to love it, the ole journey and test of life.
Some great knowledge dropped from Lewis and Tyson above on the subject above.
Boxing and life geniuses the two of them. Quality stuff. Very enjoyable podcast recently.
Boxing finally back up and running now in 2021 too thankfully.
Plenty to look forward to in the sport again.
At long last.