Iron Ambition: My Life with Cus D'Amato
- Publish Date: 2017-05-30
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Mike Tyson;Larry Sloman
[Iron Ambition]Â spells out D'Amato's techniques for building a champion from scratch. âÂ Wall Street Journal
From the former heavyweight champion and New York Timesâbestselling author comes a powerful look at the life and leadership lessons of Cus DâAmato, the legendary boxing trainer and Mike Tysonâs surrogate father.
When Cus DâAmato first saw thirteen-year-old Mike Tyson spar in the ring, he proclaimed, âThatâs the heavyweight champion of the world.â DâAmato, who had previously managed the careers of world champions Floyd Patterson and JosÃ© 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.
Â Â Â In Tysonâs bestselling memoir Undisputed Truth, he recounted the role DâAmato 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 DâAmato passed down to him, and reflects on how the trainerâs words of wisdom continue to resonate with him outside the ring. The book also chronicles Cusâs courageousÂ fight against the mobsters who controlled boxing, revealing more than weâve ever known about this singular cultural figure.