“I Was Only 15”- Mike Tyson Recalls the Greatest Moment of His Career

Published 01/01/2021, 7:15 AM EST


Heavyweight stalwart Mike Tyson has had several alluring moments in his boxing career. He became the youngest man to grab the heavyweight title at 20, a feat that is still untouched.

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Also, Tyson became one of the most vicious punchers in the sport and registered himself as an all-time great. However, he doesn’t bill any of his professional victories as the greatest moment in his career.

While Mike Tyson continues to be a fighter even at 54, he recalls his greatest moment as a fight that he fought at 15.

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Tyson was far from professional glory back then. But he was honed by Cus D’Amato, which made him ahead of the time.

‘Iron’ Mike recently connected with Logan Paul in his podcast to discuss the scenario and left everyone spellbound.

Speaking on the incident Tyson said, “I was 15. I won a little-championships, and I was such a prima donna, and I fought somewhere in the Rhode Island and I thought this guy was 25. And this was his last amateur fight, and he was a champion of all Rhode Island. So, we fought, and it was such a tough fight. I was only 15, and he was 25.

He added, “And at the end of the game, they gave me the decision right. When I came back I cried all the way from Rhode Island to Castle New York.”

However, Cus wasn’t vexed with the result. Moreover, he was happy with the 15-year-old Tyson’s dominance against a 25-year-old fighter.

Tyson continued, “I thought Cus was gonna be sad but when he came in the room he said, ‘I heard the guy was real smart and fast.”

Mike Tyson- The fighter is still there

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A few months back, Tyson returned from a 15-year-old long retirement to face Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition clash. The eight-round fight went till the distance, and both the men had their significant moments.

Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) fights Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) during a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout for the WBC Frontline Belt at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

So, Tyson still has the fighting spirit within himself. Although he has nothing more to prove, he is eager to enter the squared circle in his dotage.

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He claims to accept more such exhibition fights in the coming days, and a trilogy with Evander Holyfield is highly possible. Do you think Mike Tyson should continue fighting at this age?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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