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Boxing – 1989 – Larry Merchant Interviews Prior Mike Tyson Trainer Kevin Rooney After Iron Mike Win

Kevin Rooney is an American former boxer and a current boxing trainer…..who was portrayed by Clark Gregg in the 1995 movie Tyson….and by Aaron Eckhart in the 2016 movie Bleed for This….simply because he had trained world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson from the start of his professional career in 1985 until Tyson’s bout with Michael Spinks in 1988.

During the period when Rooney was Tyson’s trainer….Tyson had a record of 35 fights….35 wins….31 wins by KO….after which Rooney was then fired at the urging of Don King….who had successfully urged Tyson to break all ties with the D’Amato stable….although Cus was dead by then….for we at ImaSportsphile are of the opinion that Tyson’s mobility skills in the ring noticeably declined after Rooney’s firing….although dealing with wife Robin Givens might have also had something to do with his mobility skills…..but, truth be known….Iron Mike suffered his first loss in a professional fight 18 months after Rooney’s departure.

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