The Decision: Beating Tyson and Alcoholism with Kevin McBride

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In the guest corner, from Brockton, Massachusetts by way of Clones, Ireland with 35 wins, 29 by knockout, and 10 defeats, the former All Ireland Heavyweight Champion of the World, Kevin McBride. His alias “The Clones Colossus” comes as no surprise, standing 6’ 6” with a reach of 80” the fighter is best known for defeating Mike Tyson, his last bout before retirement. 

In his late forties, McBride still considers stepping back into the ring. But he values his family and wants to be around for his wife and children, a goal he’s more likely to accomplish by sticking to his current job, working as a tree guy who snowplows in the winter. McBride admits boxing is in his blood and he loves the sport, but he loves life more. 

He may have beaten Tyson, but the fighter humbly states of his toughest opponent, “I ain’t gonna win against the drink…The drink’s the KO punch. It’ll knock out anybodyit don’t matter how big or strong you are.” He maintains his sobriety one day at a time.  

A few months ago, McBride took his son to the mall where Mike Tyson was signing autographs. His son was excited to meet the man considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. And his dad beat him. Only five other people in the world can say that. 

Stay tuned for Matt’s FAST FIVE when he sets the record straight on whether or not Tyson is a nipple-biter! 


In each episode of Life’s Tough – Boxers Are TOUGHER!  host Matthew Pomara, licensed amateur boxer, and boxing writer and contributor to “The Ring” magazine and “,” talks to men and women in the boxing industry whose hard-won victories and personal triumph and perseverance inspire listeners to fight on.  Because life isn’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.  

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