This book by Joe Layden not only captures the events and magnitude of the fight itself, but also portrays both of the fighters and the paths they took both before and after that fight. Douglass story gets equal billing, but instead of the headlines, Layden covers the personal relationships that made Douglas the man he became. Not only because of the historical nature of the bout, this is a book that all boxing fans should include in their libraries because of the amount of information on the two fighters and how well each one is portrayed.
So when I happened upon this book in the bookstore, I was compelled to relive that fight. Tyson and Douglas are about as different from one another as two men could be within the same profession.
Behind the Scenes of One of the Last True Boxing Matches The Last Great Fight takes the reader behind the public eye, and into the lives of Mike Tyson and James Douglass. What I liked about the book Author Joe Layden did a fantastic job in relating these two seemingly different human being to the rest of society. Not many will ever have the fame, fortune, or athletic prowess of either fighter, but when learning about the struggles of both men, to me they became much more human and like the rest of us. The book was extremely informative, and the sources the author had provided great details to enhance the personas of both men.
The genius in this book lies within Joe Laydens ability to construct a narrative structure around one moment in history- the 1990 fight between Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas. I also loved this book because most people refer to Mike Tyson as the greatest fighter of all time. I was quite unfamiliar with the fact that he lost his last fight to Buster Douglas however. The author did a great job of illustrating the sport of boxing as to inform, not to barrage, the unfamiliar reader with information.
The book, The Last Great Fight, was like a biography of James Buster Douglas and Mike Tyson. The book started out with some history of boxer, mostly talking about Busters dad and his professional boxing days. After the book finished introducing Buster Douglas, it introduced Tyson. In the book, Busters father was known as someone who did not give up or go down on the canvas. This is a quote from Buster Douglas, he was talking about the big fight. Let that perfect moment come later in life.
The main plot of The last great fight, by Joseph Layden talks about the lives of Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas. In the early stages of the book, the author talks about how how each of the fighters grew up and then a little later how they each trained for the big fight. This fight was between a man who had never been knocked to the canvas, Mike Tyson, and a normal fighter, Buster Douglas, the underdog.
This book takes gives the ins and outs of the fight of the generation, Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas. If yes, continue reading. If yes, this is definitely the book for you.
Additionally, this book describes the legendary fight between Buster Douglas and Mike Tyson, how both fighters prepared for the event, and how the result of the fight affected both men. The chapters alternate between Mike Tyson and how he prepared for the fight, with that of Buster Douglas and how he prepared for the fight.
Tyson-Douglas, while an upset for the record books, wasn't a great fight.
Mike Tyson was considered the "baddest man on the planet", an unstoppable machine who looked to rule the heavyweight division of boxing between now and the end of time.