Feature story by Kevin Rooney, Jr.
On June 27th 1988, Kevin Rooney was in the corner of undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, “Iron” Mike Tyson. It was Tyson’s 35th fight as a professional, and all of them had Rooney in his corner.
Cus D’Amato had guided Tyson through the amateur ranks and his first 11 fights as a professional before dying from a rare case of pneumonia. Even though Cus was Tyson’s mentor, it was always Rooney who was seen working Tyson’s corner. Even for “the baddest man on the planet,” during his first few fights, when Cus was still alive, Rooney would coach Tyson in his corner, then hurry back into the dressing room to get ready to compete as one of the boxers in the main event of that evening’s show . . . Click here for more