About the Book
When it came to working with Tyson and getting him ready to enter the ring, from his training, deal making, extricating Tyson from problems and relationships, the job fell on Rory Holloway.
Rory Holloway transitioned from Mike Tyson’s friend and into the role of manager. During the forty years that their friendship spanned, Mr. Holloway saw the highs, lows, and the ascension of Tyson from a boxer in upstate New York to the World Heavyweight Champion, and his subsequent descent to jail. Mr. Holloway tells the story of Tyson for a never-before-heard perspective; Holloway and Tyson became best friends, brothers, before Tyson began his climb that would take him to the pinnacle of the sports and entertainment worlds. The book is a cautionary tale of friendship, betrayal, and redemption.
Compassionate, hilarious, and terribly sad, Taming the Beast, is the story of a man so out of touch with reality that he ultimately distances himself from the only people who have his best interests in heart. Tyson severed the brotherhood that once existed in favor of yes-men who could supply him with the best drugs, and the most hookers. Rory Holloway tells his devastating story, of watching helpless, from the ringside, as his best friend self-destructs, all the while being unable to help. Taming the Beast pulls no punches with its question-and-answer style. It is the book every Tyson fan needs on to understand the undisputed, entire truth.
An Inside Look Behind the Cover:
Mike Tyson is a cultural phenomenon: heavyweight boxing champion, author, movie actor, Broadway star, tiger owner, felon, tabloid gossip mainstay. His memoir, Undisputed Truth was a New York Times bestseller. And while no one is disputing the truth he tells in his book, its clear that he hasn’t told the entire story. Behind every great boxer is an entourage. And within every entourage is the one man who holds it all together – the trainers, corner men, friends, companions, gofers, yes men, no men, bloodsuckers, business partners, managers, promoters and procurers. Tyson’s best friend, right hand man and entourage wrangler, the man who tried to tame the beast, was Rory Holloway. The beast, no surprise, is Tyson himself.
In Taming the Beast Holloway comes clean on All Things Tyson, from Mike’s sex addiction, to his comically horrible driving, to his wild man approach to life. He breaks down the entourage – who was good for the Champ, who wasn’t – and deals with the criticism he faced as Tyson spun out of control. When Tyson spit out Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997, he also spit out his fifteen-year friendship with Holloway. Painfully frank, street-wise and cathartic, Taming the Beast pulls no punches with its question-and-answer style. It’s the book every Tyson fan needs on his nightstand for the undisputed whole truth.