In a video call with lightweight champion Gervonta Davis, Mike Tyson talked about his relationship with the legendary rapper Tupac Shakur.
When Davis asked Tyson about Tupac, he replied, “Tupac is awesome, he is an awesome guy. If he got mad at you, he’ll be mad at you till the day he died.”
When Davis asked Tyson whether Tupac came for his fights, “Iron Mike” said, “Yeah, listen, that was my man, we always hung out. He came to see me when I was in prison. He used to come visit.”
Tupac was one of the most influential lyricists and rappers of the late 80s and the 90s. He was known for addressing prevalent social issues and inequality in society through music. A lot of his work was released posthumously. He is widely considered one of the greatest rap artists of all time.
The two high-profile stars had quite a friendship back in the day. Tyson and Pac would spend a lot of time together at the clubs. The latter would also occasionally show up for Tyson’s fights to support him.
Ironically, it was just after coming from Tyson’s fight that Tupac was shot fatally, which lead to his eventual death in September 1996. Tupac has also written a song on Tyson, named after the heavyweight boxer himself.
Mike Tyson (50-6-2, 44 KOs) became the youngest unified heavyweight champion after he beat Tony Tucker at 21 years for the IBF title in 1987.
After his last fight in 2005 against Kevin McBride, where he lost by corner stoppage in the seventh round, Tyson retired from professional boxing.
Early in 2020, Tyson released a video of him doing pad work and subsequently declared his return. After many speculations on the opponents, a name was finally decided.
The finalized opponent was none other than the four-division world champion, Roy Jones Jr.
Although Tyson and Jones were touted to face each other earlier in their careers, the bout couldn’t take place because of Tyson’s legal troubles. Now, the date is set for November 28. The two will face each other in an 8-round exhibition bout.