From the former heavyweight champion and New York Times–bestselling author comes a powerful look at the life and leadership lessons of Cus D’Amato, the legendary boxing trainer and Mike Tyson’s surrogate father.
"[Iron Ambition] spells out D'Amato's techniques for building a champion from scratch." – Wall Street Journal
When Cus D’Amato first saw thirteen-year-old Mike Tyson spar in the ring, he proclaimed, “That’s the heavyweight champion of the world.” D’Amato, who had previously managed the careers of world champions Floyd Patterson and José Torres, would go on to train the young Tyson and raise him as a son. D'Amato died a year before Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history.
In Tyson’s bestselling memoir Undisputed Truth, he recounted the role D’Amato played in his formative years, adopting him at age sixteen after his mother died and shaping him both physically and mentally after Tyson had spent years living in fear and poverty. In Iron Ambition, Tyson elaborates on the life lessons that D’Amato passed down to him, and reflects on how the trainer’s words of wisdom continue to resonate with him outside the ring. The book also chronicles Cus’s courageous fight against the mobsters who controlled boxing, revealing more than we’ve ever known about this singular cultural figure.
Why I bought this audio book
I purchased this book, one because it's Mike Tyson. Two because the relationship that he had with his trainer is interesting because I have someone that has passed away in my life that I think I can relate to. And lastly, I look forward to comparing the two and implementing the love that I feel both men have shown and changing my life for the better. Thank you Mike.
Only plays to track 20
I’m only leaving a poor review because the book doesn’t play to the end. After track 20 there is no sound. 😔 Only am able to listen to a portion of the book, despite paying full price for it.