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Five early foes recall fighting Tyson

In the 1980s, Mike Tyson built his legend on victories over some brave men who withstood his flurries as long as they could. Where are they now?

Originally Published: June 11, 2005
By Tim Graham | Special to ESPN.com

They go by many labels. The polite terms are trial horses, stepping-stones, gatekeepers, B sides. Others would dare to call them palookas, bums, stiffs, pugs, cadavers, cannon fodder – though maybe not to their faces.

These are the sort of men, practically anonymous to all but the staunchest fight fans, who compose the early portion of every champion's career. They build up confidence. They build up a record. And then when their usefulness has been exhausted, they usually fade away.

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