54-Year-Old Mike Tyson Gives Unique Take on Boxing: ‘It’s a Form of Insanity’

Published 02/05/2021, 6:17 AM EST
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – DECEMBER 8: Heavyweight fighter Mike Tyson enters the ring before he faces Alex Stewart in a ten round heavyweight fight December 8, 1990 at the Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tyson won the fight with a KO in the first round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)


Heavyweight historian, Mike Tyson, laced up the boxing gloves when he was a kid. Building on his interest, Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion ever and a global icon with his unparalleled dominance in the sport. In his 20-year-long career, ‘Iron’ Mike registered 50 wins; 44 of them came via KOs.

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That said, the 54-year-old veteran recently gave a unique insight into the sport and opined that fighters need to carry some “insanity” to step up inside the ring. While Tyson has been through umpteen in-ring battles, he understands boxing to the core.

In his recent podcast with Devin Haney, the former champion said, “I know people would privately agree to me, but they wouldn’t say it publicly. It’s a form of insanity, it’s a small form of insanity involved with that. How do you go into the ring with a guy you don’t even know, never did nothing to you and then you want to kill him like he f**** attacked your family or something.”

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Tyson further billed boxing as an “art” and acknowledged the importance of dedication to it. He added that it’s called discipline, which is something people don’t understand. He called it art and claimed that there aren’t any emotions involved, but emotions come to the fore and attract the people’s attention.

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How well does Mike Tyson understand today’s boxing?

Despite retiring in 2005, Tyson has always been closely related to the sport. As an analyst, promoter, and critic, Tyson is still relevant to the ongoing boxing talks.

Furthermore, he has his own podcast that runs with all the active champions. So, Mike Tyson understands the modern scenario, especially when he has returned to the ring in this era. Tyson came back in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr. on November 28.

BEIJING, CHINA – MARCH 01: (CHINA OUT) American former professional boxer Mike Tyson attends premiere of film “Ip Man 3” directed by Wilson Yip on March 1, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
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Although it influences nothing in the ongoing title pictures, Tyson’s return has still brought a lot of attention to the sport. So, it’s safe to bill him as one of the prime boxing analysts and a pioneer, even today.

Do you think Mike Tyson has some interesting plans for modern-day boxing fights? What do you make of his unique take?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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