VIDEO: A young Mike Tyson shadowboxing | Sharapova's Thigh

The description on the YouTube page of the video (which is for some reason just now making the rounds on the interwebs) you're about to see:

The young Mike Tyson, before his professional boxing days (while still an amateur) shadowboxing. This clip is not sped up. It just goes to show how fast and dangerous Mike Tyson really was!

And the video:


Insane. And, yes, the other guy in the ring is Teddy Atlas.

With the knowledge that Atlas is training Tyson, we can guess this video was filmed in the very early 80s, when Tyson was 14 or 15 (he was born on June 30, 1966). From Tyson's Wikipedia page:

He was repeatedly caught committing petty crimes and fighting those who ridiculed his high-pitched voice and lisp. By the age of 13, he had been arrested 38 times. He ended up at the Tryon School for Boys in Johnstown, New York. It was at the school that Tyson's emerging boxing ability was discovered by Bobby Stewart, a juvenile detention center counselor and former boxer. Stewart considered Tyson to be an outstanding fighter and trained him for a few months before introducing him to Cus D'Amato.

Tyson was later removed from the reform school by Cus D'Amato. Kevin Rooney also trained Tyson, and he was occasionally assisted by Teddy Atlas, although he was dismissed by D'Amato when Tyson was 15. Rooney eventually took over all training duties for the young fighter.

At that age, Tyson competed as an amateur in the Junior Olympic Games (and won the gold medal twice). He made his professional debut in 1985, at the age of 18.

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