“He’s Punching Holes in the Wall” – Manager Reveals Mike Tyson’s State Before a Fight With Michael Spinks

Published 12/24/2021, 12:30 PM EST
UNITED STATES – AUGUST 19: Las Vegas; Mike TYSON (USA) – Peter MC NEEZY (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)


If there was one heavyweight back in the retro era that was in the limelight throughout with his blistering performances, it was Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn native rose to super-stardom in no time, giving out some cracking boxing performances. Also, out of all his top performances, one fight that made Tyson a scary star was his statement to win over Michael Spinks.

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‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ hammered his adversary in just round 1 and fans have a terrific memory of the same. While many know the iconic performance Tyson pulled off, hardly anyone knows what ‘Iron’ Mike was up to in backstage, prior to the fight.

Last year, a video of Spinks’ manager, Butch Lewis, emerged on the internet. Here, Lewis described seeing Tyson in a terrifying state prior to his ring walk.

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He said, “So you go to each other’s dressing room to check the wraps and the gloves and so forth. I walk down. You know, I always try to get an edge where I can when my guy’s getting ready. But I go in and I figure I’m gonna rattle the kid because he’s under a lot of pressure.” 

“I’m like to myself, oh no, this guy’s getting ready to fight my guy, my little guy and he’s punching holes in the wall before he goes out to fight,” he added.

Lewis was completely shocked to see Mike Tyson in that way. Also, when ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ came face to face with Spinks, his only aim was to batter him to the pulp and claim another sensational win.

Mike Tyson – A true annihilator

Tyson walked in with an intent to claim a gratifying win over Spinks.

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As a result, with his constant hammerings and power-packed punches, Mike Tyson ended up conquering his opponent in just 1:31 seconds of round 1.

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Spinks had some weight to his name prior to this fight, as he himself was undefeated. But Tyson vanquished him scathingly, thus leaving his naysayers startled.

What do you make of Butch Lewis’ comments in the above video?

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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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