30 For 30 – Chasing Tyson Review And Evander Holyfield Career Retrospective

Chasing Tyson reviewBoxing tells good stories. It’s an easy sport to understand because it’s mano y mano. You don’t have to worry about illegal defense, pass interference, or unwritten rules about bat flips and inside pitches. ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series has leaned on boxing for these reasons.

Muhammad and Larry was the third 30 for 30 film ever broadcast on ESPN, while One Night In Vegas, an interesting attempt to pair Tupac Shakur and Mike Tyson, aired later in the first season. Both films provided intrigue, but were rather unfulfilling. In season two, No Mas, featuring Sugar Ray Leonard trying to get an answer from Roberto Duran as to why he quit in their second fight, was an excellent film and one of the better ones in 30 for 30 history. Chasing Tyson doesn’t have the same depth as that one did, but it does provide a look back at an often overlooked boxing figure, Evander Holyfield.

When I say overlooked, I don’t mean that Holyfield the personality is overlooked. He’s a tremendously famous boxer. I mean Holyfield the boxer, is often overlooked as a fighter because of the time in which he came into his own in the heavyweight division. Holyfield’s entire career is set in Mike Tyson’s shadow. Yes, even though he beat Tyson twice.

Thus, Chasing Tyson is the perfect title to the documentary.

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