“By Knowing That I’m Stupid”: Mike Tyson Reveals How He Changed His Life

Published 04/24/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 25: Mike Tyson speaks onstage during the “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthts” panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour – Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson is no less than a colossal brand in the dynamic boxing universe today. As famous as he was for his in-ring skills, Tyson was equally known for his antics outside the game. With that, he etched himself in millions of boxing fans’ eyes and cemented himself as a true bad boy of the sport. However, ever since he hung up his gloves, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ changed the course of his life altogether.

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Acknowledging the same, he expressed his point regarding this change in an episode of the HotBoxin’ podcast. Here, the co-host, Terrell Owens, asked him how he abruptly transformed himself.

He responded, “No, it’s just that I’m stupid. And I know that I’m stupid. And by knowing that I’m stupid, God has mercy on me.”

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Back in the 90s, the boxing world regarded Tyson as one of the most terrifying heavyweights of all time. He was a one-punch knockout artist who created magic inside the ring. In no time, ‘Iron’ Mike rose to blockbuster stardom in boxing.

The sensational pugilist bagged handsome paychecks for just a few minutes’ work inside the boxing ring and inspired many youngsters to take up the sport. Now, apart from inspiring fans with his skills, ‘Iron’ Mike wishes to inspire the upcoming generation of boxers with his positive deeds outside the fight world.

Mike Tyson – The star heavyweight

‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ was one intimidating personality in his prime boxing days, but as time passed, he gained experience of the world and changed his ways. He retired from the sport in 2005 with a wonderful record of 50 wins and 6 losses.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – OCTOBER 16: Boxer Mike Tyson beats Tyrell Biggs at Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey October 16 1987. (Photo by Jeffrey Asher/ Getty Images)

However, to keep his love for boxing alive, Tyson takes up exhibition fights. Ahead of his fight against Roy Jones Jr, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ revealed that all his earnings would go to charity.

As he wishes to continue these deeds to positively impact lives, Tyson is open to returning to the ring and giving fans a glimpse of an entirely distinct personality from his days as an active pugilist.

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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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