Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson with Larry Sloman:
On June 10, 1984, I finally got a shot at the Olympics. My qualifying fight was against Henry Tillman, an older and more experienced boxer. In the first round, I knocked him almost through the ropes. Then he was up and I stalked him for the next two rounds. But in amateur boxing, aggression isn’t rewarded and my knockout counted the same as a light tippy-tap jab. When they announced the decision, I couldn’t believe that they gave it to Tillman. Once again, the crowd agreed and they started booing.
I hated these amateur bouts. “We are boxers here,” these stuffed shirts would say.
“Well, I am a fighter, sir. My purpose is to fight,” I’d answer.