Despite $400 Million Success, Mike Tyson Doesn’t Want His Children to See Him in the Same Light That Everybody Else Used to During His Peak Days

Published 05/31/2023, 1:41 PM EDT

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In a world where brawn often overshadows the brain, and power is synonymous with aggression, it’s both surprising and refreshing to see an unexpected transformation. Imagine a ferocious lion turning into a pacifist lamb, a scenario that might seem improbable, yet is encapsulated perfectly in the life of a certain individual. This individual is none other than the man who reigned supreme in the world of heavyweight boxing, earning an awe-inspiring career fortune of $400 million.

He is a man whose past is shrouded in fear and intimidation, yet he now seeks a future bathed in tranquility and wisdom. He is none other than Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight boxing champion who has emerged from his turbulent past to champion a narrative of peace, showing an aspect of his persona that would likely raise more eyebrows than his powerful punches ever did.

A humorous exchange: Balvin’s challenge and Tyson’s peaceful decline


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In a memorable segment on the ‘Hotboxin with Mike Tyson‘ podcast, the atmosphere was thick with suspense and mirth when DJ Whoo Kid, another guest on the show, threw an intriguing proposition into the mix. He asked Reggaeton star J Balvin, “You want to take a punch from Mike?”


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J Balvin, ever the showman, responded with humor, acknowledging the inherent danger but framing it in an oddly glamorous light. “It’ll be legendary,” he said, adding, “I don’t know if I can, I don’t know how long I’m gonna be in the hospital, but I can take it. It’s like being it’s like getting killed on a Ferrari, you know what I’m saying. It’s like high-level to die.”

In a heartening contrast to his aggressive past, Tyson, however, declined the playful challenge with a serene smile. “I’m a peaceful man, J, I’m peaceful,” Tyson responded, demonstrating his commitment to a non-violent lifestyle. Even as J Balvin pointed at his abdomen, inviting the punch, and DJ Whoo Kid further urged, “Mike do it man, one time,” Tyson remained resolute. “I ain’t doing that man, come have a seat,” he replied.

Tyson’s shift from aggression to peace


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Despite Tyson’s refusal, DJ Whoo Kid couldn’t resist another jest, saying, “I don’t want blood on my Lil Uzi shirt.” But Balvin responded to Tyson’s peaceful stance with respect, stating, “I know you’re a peaceful guy now and energies and that’s beautiful, and I respect that.”

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Finally, Tyson reiterated his wish to be seen differently by his children than how the world once perceived him. He stated earnestly, “I have children. I don’t want them to see me in the light that everybody else used to see me in”.


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Despite his immense success and fame, he is keen to create a legacy that reflects his current values, showing his fans and children alike that change is possible, even for the fiercest of fighters. Despite his $400 million fortune at one point of time in his life, he refuses to let his past overshadow his current life and future ambitions.

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Mrinal Mishra


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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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