‘I Could Not Make It on Time’: Mike Tyson Recalled the Day He Last Talked to Tupac

Published 02/25/2022, 1:57 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)

The most ruthless champion that stepped inside the ring, Mike Tyson, is a great American success story. ‘The Baddest Man on Planet’ fought to astounding fame and fortune and went down as one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. ‘Iron’ Mike showcased his vicious power for two decades. His intimidating persona created a psychological disadvantage in the minds of his opponents.

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However, apart from this, there was another mysterious side of the youngest champion. He was very sweet and friendly towards his known fellas.

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Recently, Mike Tyson remembered his friend Tupac Shakur in an online interview. However, Shannon Sharpe, the host of that Podcast, took to Twitter and uploaded a clip of Tyson speaking about his late friend. A sports analyst wrote, “Mike Tyson opens up about Tupac dying after his fight in Vegas.”

‘Iron’ Mike said, “Yes, I remember that fight because I remember talking to Tupac making sure that he will have the tape because I was coming out of his music. I could not make it on time. I thought I could be late.

Further, he narrated the last time he interacted with his friend Tupac, “I was at my house. I just had a brand new baby girl. I couldn’t believe it. I told him I am coming to see you. I get dressed then I had to go I had to see my daughter and somebody told me he had got shot and the next morning they had released that he had died.”

Notably, the bond of friendship between the two celebrities was making headlines at that time.

The friendship between Mike Tyson and Tupac Shakur

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The friendship between a boxer and an activist was bizarre but was very genuine. It started when ‘Iron’ Mike had already become a star, but Tupac was still struggling. They accidentally met in a nightclub where the then underdog rapper stunned ‘The Baddest Man on Planet’ with amazing singing skills.

Further, the charismatic singer’s love for boxing brought him close. This is how they started hanging out and nurtured the unbreakable bond of friendship.

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However, their bond was not superficial. Both survived through hard times. When Mike was behind bars, Tupac went to jail to meet him. This speaks volumes about their friendship. Unfortunately, Tyson lost his friend in 1996, when Tupac was assassinated.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Following the completion of his training as an amateur boxer, he is currently preparing to appear for trials at the state and national levels. With over 3 years of experience in playing the sport, Abhishek is also the holder of a Bachelor's in Arts degree from the University of Delhi.

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