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Can't say I saw this coming.

And while we're on the topic of Mike Tyson, make sure to check out the video we posted recently of his insane shadowboxing as a teenager.

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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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Mike Tyson was on Conan Tuesday night, and the crazy former boxer was every bit as awesome on the show as you'd expect.

Tyson told a few hilarious stories, with the highlight of those being a story about a time he went to see his ex-wife, Robin Givens. Givens was still Tyson's ex-wife at the time the story took place, but apparently (by the way Tyson makes it sound) the two were still sort of "seeing each other" (banging).

Well, one day Tyson went over to Givens' house with the hopes of getting it on, and there was no answer when he rang the door bell. He started walking back to his car, and her car then pulled up... only to also have Brad Pitt in it. Said Tyson, "I went from a hard stallion to a wet noodle."

Here's video of Tyson telling the story:


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So everybody was all excited about the Jose Canseco-Lenny Dykstra boxing match that was to take place on Saturday night. People cancelling Alabama-LSU plans every which way you look. America was so fucking prepared to see a tobacco-chomping MLB has-been take on a needle-in--the ass-24/7 MLB has-been that can't read. This is the title bout boxing's been missing since the early 90s.

And the thing is, I totally had Dykstra's back in this one. It's no secret that the Thigh and Canseco aren't exactly blood brothers, and I was always a fan of the way Dykstra played the game in his day. Laying it out constantly in the outfield with 40 pounds of chew in his mouth. Shit ain't easy.

But after this news, I lost any respect I had for Dykstra whatsoever:

Lenny Dykstra has pulled out of tonight's Battle of the Baseball Bad Boys against Jose Canseco despite being paid $5,000 cash on Thursday, according to promoter Damon Feldman.

Feldman said moments ago that he and main promoter Alki David met Dykstra on Thursday and paid him cash. The former Phillies star was to receive another $10,000 after the fight but informed promoters around 6 EST tonight that he would not show up.

UPDATE: Just spoke with a friend of Dykstra's who says that Lenny had never signed on to fight Canseco and did not receive any money from the promoters.
Thigh Five: Philly.Com

Not buying that bullshit at all. Jose, I'm taking your side for once.

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If you check out the Thigh frequently, you're well aware of the struggles of former baseball player Jose Canseco in recent years. Summarized: He's very poor and a (roid)raging psycho(although he did give me a cyber hug once).

Well, former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra's also had some very rough times in his post-baseball career.

Here's an example of what I'm talking about:

Earlier this month the 1986 World Series champion and former three-time All-Star and Philadelphia Phillies fan favorite-turned drug addict (turned flasher), changed his plea from not guilty to no contest on charges of auto theft and providing a false financial statement.

”Nails” and his co-defendants are accused of trying to lease and sell high-end cars from California dealerships by claiming credit through a fake business. The plea change dropped the 48-year-old’s maximum possible prison sentence from 12 to four years.

So anyway, Canseco and Dykstra need money. And what's a great way for a couple of celebrity has-beens to make some quick, easy money? Getting in the ring of course!

Embattled ex-Phillies star Lenny Dykstra will take on Jose Canseco in Alki David’s Celebrity Fight Night featuring a Battle of the Baseball Bad Boys, at the Avalon Concert Hall in Hollywood. The fight, at 9 p.m. EST Saturday will be online streaming at and according to Feldman, will also be available on pay-per-view television through Comcast and other providers.
We'll see if Jose actually shows up for this boxing match, and doesn't have his twin brother Ozzie replace him.

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On his popular Comedy Central show, tosh.0, Daniel Tosh got in the ring with Manny Pacquiao to get punched in the jaw. And Pacquiao certainly did the job:

So there you have it: Confirmation that a punch to the face from the world's top boxer will indeed hurt. A lot.

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The petite "Scream" star and her towering boxer boyfriend have ended their tabloid-fodder relationship.

The visually peculiar pair - she's a 21 year-old sunny, 5' 2" blonde starlet and he's a 35 year-old hulking 6' 5" Ukranian heavyweight champion - turned heads and fed endless rumors during their brief time together (they began dating two years ago). Panettiere even admitted on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" that the most frequent fan question she gets is how, exactly, the couple manage their physical differences in the bedroom.
Source: NBC Chicago

Back in January, I gave my nine reasons why that relationship was doomed. Well, it turns out I was right, but I didn't think it would last all the way until May.

And I'm glad that others, like myself, thought the Panettiere-Klitschko sex had to be really damn weird.

Thanks to @duey23 for the tip

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Back in January, I gave nine reasons why I felt the Hayden Panettiere-Wladimir Klitschko relationship was doomed. And here we are in late April, and the two are still a couple.

How is this still going on? I mean seriously, look at this picture of Panettiere and Klitschko at some event in the last few days:

Just way too weird.

H/T: Hollywood Tuna

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Earlier I showed you how Jose Canseco did not go to a Celebrity Boxing event that he was supposed to attend, and instead tried to fool everybody by having his twin brother Ozzie attend in his place. With the media naturally jumping all over that story and of course trashing Canseco for it, Canseco's tweeted away with crazy responses, as you knew he would.

Here's my favorite:

Link: Jose Canseco's Twitter

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If you read us on the reg, you know that we've had a shitload of posts relating to former major leaguer, and lifetime psycho, Jose Canseco. Usually, they're from the gold mine that is his Twitter account. This time, though, it's about something that's actually in the news headlines.

You see, on Saturday night, Jose was scheduled to participate in a Celebrity Boxing event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Instead, Jose sent his twin brother Ozzie to the event:
A representative of the firm Celebrity Boxing confirmed Sunday that Canseco was a no-show Saturday at a boxing event in Hollywood – and instead sent his twin brother Ozzie in his place, El Nuevo Herald has learned

Some 30 minutes before his bout against Billy Padden at the Passion nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, it was discovered that the Canseco who was in South Florida ready to fight was not the same guy who hit 462 homeruns in the Major Leagues.

Damon Feldman, promoter of the celebrity boxing program, which also includes female boxing, had tell about 400 fans who had paid their tickets that there would not be a fight.

“We discovered the Canseco who showed up was Ozzie when he took off his shirt and didn’t have José’s tattoos on the biceps that appear in our advertising,” a Celebrity Boxing representative told El Nuevo Herald. The man said he did not want to be identified.

José Canseco did not respond to telephone calls.

On Sunday, however, José Canseco posted two messages on Twitter saying: “Damon Feldman did not comply with his part of the agreement,” and “be careful with Damon Feldman, the Celebrity Boxing leader, who will not pay you if you fight for him.”

The same source said that the agreed fee for José Canseco to fight in South Florida was $10,000.

“We made him a transfer of $5,000 when we agreed on the fight,” the source said. “Hours before the fight Saturday, we issued a check for the remaining $5,000 in the name of José Canseco, and we delivered it to whom we thought was José Canseco. He declined it and asked that the check be made out to cash, which we did.

Source: Miami Herald

Oh Jose. You're about the last person that should try to be sly like this.

Also, one of these days, Ozzie is going to kick Jose's ass. And it's going to be hilarious.

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There's so many things wrong with this picture.

I really didn't expect Hayden Panettiere's relationship with boxer Wladimir Klistchko to last very long, and recently explained why. Howver, it appears the 20-year-old shorty is still going at it with the 32-year-old, 6'6" Ukranian, in one of the weirdest celebrity relationships ever.

Not only that, but Panettiere showed off one of the worst fake tans in this HISTORY(Bill Walton moment) of fake tans last night in Germany for Klistchko's boxing match(which he won against Eddie Chambers). Yikes...

But... we'll end with something positive:

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