Mike Episode 1 and 2 Recap and Ending Explained – The life of heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson will be the subject of an eight-part miniseries in August on Hulu. Craig Gillespie is the show’s director, while Steven Rogers is its creator. Both directors collaborated on “I, Tonya,” bringing the same passion to their biopic of Tyson, which stars Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) as the legendary boxer.
Steven Rogers’ sports drama series “Mike” on Hulu is based on the real-life experiences of boxing champion Mike Tyson. The first two episodes of the show, titled “Thief” and “Monster,” detail his turbulent upbringing and formative years. After being imprisoned for theft, Mike meets prominent boxer Bobby Stewart, who introduces him to legendary manager/trainer Cus D’Amato. After witnessing Mike’s abilities for the first time, Cus hopes to make him the next heavyweight world champion. Despite any familial encouragement, Mike begins to have bigger dreams.
Here is all the information you need to know about the devastating development that Mike experiences at the end of the show’s second episode. Continue reading.
Mike Episode 1 “Thief,” and Episode 2 “Monster” Recap
In the first scene of “Thief,” Mike is being bullied by other children in his Brooklyn neighborhood. He continues to hang out with a gang despite the beatings he receives solely to feed birds. When one of the kids kills a pigeon, Mike spanks him, letting the other kids know that he isn’t just a helpless child. The strained relationship further impacts Mike and his brothers that his mother, Lorna Mae, and her partner. Mike’s peers include him in thefts and shoplifting after he shows power. Soon after, he is arrested and taken to jail, where he meets up with several of his buddies.
Mike develops a reputation for being the best fighter in the institution. From his fellow prisoners, he learns about the boxers being trained in the prison by Bobby Stewart, a counselor. He challenges one of Bobby’s followers to a battle, but the disciple defeats him. Mike is aware that he needs to put in the necessary training to sharpen his boxing abilities. In little time at all, he persuades Bobby to train him, and his boss is impressed. After recognizing his potential, Bobby introduces Mike to legendary trainer Cus D’Amato. After seeing Mike, Cus discovers that the young man in front of him is destined for stardom.
In the first scene of “Monster,” Cus visits Mike’s mother, Lorna, to get her approval before taking her son with him as his next apprentice. Despite having doubts about Cus’ motivations, Lorna nonetheless signs the papers requesting authorization. Mike is trained by Cus, who also accompanies him to the National Junior Olympics, where he goes on to win a gold medal.
Mike proudly shows off his accomplishment to his mother, who doesn’t show her son enough support for what he is accomplishing. When Lorna passes away, Mike is profoundly impacted. Cus considers adopting him to make it apparent that he is a member of his family.
Mike Episode 2 Ending Explained: How Does Cus Die?
When Mike reaches adulthood, Cus begins to think about his future in business. The boxer and his trainer stand out among the other fighters. Cus is watching Mike as he begins to defeat anyone who challenges him in the ring. But one day, he fails to spot his coach standing at the ringside. Mike travels to a hospital in Manhattan only to discover that his trainer has been admitted.
In actuality, Cus’ last few days were marked by severe illness. According to Tyson’s book “Undisputed Truth,” which he co-wrote with Larry Sloman, “Cus used to say to Tyson in real life, “I might not be around, so you’ve got to listen to me.”
Cus was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan in 1985, where he died of pneumonia. The dying trainer could not take Mike’s declaration that he did not want to be a boxer without him. According to Mike’s book, Cus said to him, “Well, if you don’t fight, you’ll realize that people can come back from the grave because I’m going to haunt you for the rest of your life.” “The world has to see you, Mike. You’re going to be champ of the world, the greatest out there,” Cus remarked to him.
Cus wanted Mike to do something for him before he passed away. Regarding safeguarding the former’s wife, Cus advised Mike to “Make sure you take care of Camille.” Finally, on November 4, 1985, Cus passed away.
Will Mike Succeed in Winning the Heavyweight Title?
Mike does really claim victory in the heavyweight division. Following Cus’ passing, Mike concludes that he should defeat Trevor Berbick to uphold Cus’ memory and legacy. Mike dominates his opponent by boxing one punch after another right from the start of the match. By the end of the first round, Mike had proven himself to be better than Berbick. After a fierce struggle, Mike prevails because Berbick is knocked to the ground and is unable to stand up despite his efforts. Mike wins the same for Cus even if he isn’t at the ringside.
— Mike on Hulu (@mikeonhulu) July 20, 2022
In truth, Mike’s victory over Berbick made him the youngest heavyweight champion in history. “Berbick was very strong. I never expected him to be as strong as me … every punch I threw was with bad intentions. My record will last for immortality, it’ll never be broken. I want to live forever … I refused to lose … I would have had to be carried out dead to lose,” Mike commented in the post-fight press conference.
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