Actress Reveals How Mike Tyson Made Her Uncomfortable: ‘I Was a Bit Scared to Interact With Him’

Published 12/25/2021, 11:17 PM EST
MOSCOW, RUSSIA NOVEMBER 28, 2017: American former professional boxer Mike Tyson at the Synergy Global Forum at Moscow’s Olimpiysky Arena. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


Mike Tyson has had one of the most incredible heavyweight careers in the sport’s history. Back in the 1990s, he was one of the most popular stars, who allured many fans with his dynamic performances. Tyson also had an interesting personality and that meant that sometimes many colleagues and fans drew an unusual perception about him.

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However, Tyson, after his retirement, changed altogether, and he always looked to make people around him comfortable. However, ‘Iron’ Mike’s vibrant personality still leaves many startled, and that’s what happened with one of his co-actresses.

These days, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ is working on his very first pan-India project on a film named Liger. Here, Tyson’s co-actress, Ananya Panday, recently spoke to TOI about her interaction with the former heavyweight king.

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“He’s such a great guy. I am not going to lie, I was a bit scared to interact with him given his persona and boxing brilliance. It can get unnerving. We have grown up watching his bouts. Contrary to his overwhelming image, he was extremely chilled out and funny. He was like a big teddy bear.” she said.

The entire team of Liger is relishing their moments with Mike Tyson on the sets. Moreover, Tyson’s co-actor in the film, Vijay Deverakonda, even shared a picture with ‘Iron’ Mike, thus asserting his love for the boxing great.

Tyson is engrossed in filming Liger and this movie is about a mixed martial arts expert. That said, ‘Iron’ Mike has a vital role to play in this film.

When will ‘Liger’ starring Mike Tyson release?

Liger might take some extensive time to finish up as there’re heavy schedules going on for filming this.

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YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: American professional boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference following a boxing masterclass for RCC Boxing Promotions boxers and children at the Martial Arts Academy established by the Russian Copper Company. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)

Also, there’s no concrete news as to when this film will actually release. However, this movie is expected to come out in 2022 itself.

It’ll be interesting to see if the makers of this film come up with a release date or a trailer announcement date in the coming few weeks.

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What do you make of Panday’s above comments? How excited are you to see Tyson in Liger?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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