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It’s Mike Tyson v George W. Bush! Which ‘comeback’ best reveals how a decadent US is in the grip of nostalgia-induced amnesia?

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In recent weeks, 53-year-old former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson has released a series of seconds-long boxing videos that show him slimmed-down and throwing crisp punch combinations into the mitts and body protector of his trainer, hinting at a comeback. In a typical over-reaction, some Americans immediately responded by declaring that ‘Iron Mike’ could win the title again.

The hysteria surrounding Tyson’s mini-videos is par for the course in the land of the American Dream, where people live in a diabolically delusional culture that loves manufactured ‘reality shows’ but is impervious to reality itself.

The fact that Tyson hitting pads for ten seconds is not proof of his ring worthiness should be self-evident since, unlike real boxing opponents, the pads aren’t actively trying to avoid getting hit – or, more importantly, hitting back and attempting to render Tyson unconscious. Sadly.

It also takes a willful ignorance of boxing history and biology to ignore the fact that, at the age of 38, Tyson got brutalized in his final fight by a journeyman called Kevin McBride, and he is not going to be a better boxer at 53 than he was at 38. Let alone at 20, his age when he first became a world champion in 1986.

America’s magical thinking regarding Tyson is fueled by its pernicious addiction to the narcotic of nostalgia.


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