“Life Is About Numbers”: Mike Tyson Talks Entrepreneurship With Badou Jack

Published 07/30/2021, 1:38 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS – CIRCA 1989: Mike Tyson poses with his white tiger during an interview at his home. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)


Mike Tyson and Henry Cejudo recently chopped it up with Badou Jack and Amer Abdallah on the Hotboxin’ podcast.

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Amer Abdallah pointed out that their team is trying to generate alternate revenue streams outside of boxing as well for Badou Jack. To this, Mike Tyson recommended that the former champion enter the podcasting domain, which could help him create an alternate sustainable income source. Abdallah highlighted that Badou Jack is not much of a “talker” and added that they also have a functional YouTube channel.

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To this, ‘Iron’ replied that Badou Jack must be willing to change things up in order to be successful in entrepreneurship.

When we talk about entrepreneurship, whatever he’s not, he has to be, when we’re talking about business”- on Badou Jack exploring other opportunities like podcasting, outside of boxing.

Life is about numbers. You’ve got a birth date and you’ve got a death date. In between, you got phone numbers, inmate numbers. Everything’s a number. Time’s a number,” said Mike Tyson.

Mike Tyson’s comeback story

After a decade of wild success from his fights, brand endorsements, and promotions, Mike Tyson filed for bankruptcy in 2003. His financial constraints forced him into fighting two more times through 2004 and 2005. While these fights did not generate huge paydays, they helped the youngest heavyweight champ settle debts and outstanding liabilities.

BOXER MIKE TYSON TRAINING AT THE GROSVENOR HOUSE HOTEL LONDON.. 25/1/00. (Photo by David Ashdown/Getty Images)

However, Mike Tyson turned his financial condition around in the next few years. He engaged in brand endorsements, deals, and promotions to help him through his constraints. Apart from these, he made a major chunk of his money from Hollywood.

Tyson has acted in nearly twenty-six different movies like his own documentaries, ‘The Hangover’ trilogy, ‘Scary Movie 5’, and more. He even appeared on major TV shows and features like ‘Entourage’, and ‘Comedy Central: Roast of Charlie Sheen’.

Mike Tyson is a serial entrepreneur

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In 2017, Mike Tyson announced the opening of a company called ‘Tyson Ranch’ that manufactures, promotes, and distributes cannabis products. This venture became wildly successful right from the get-go and Tyson now reportedly earns close to $1 million a month from it.

‘Iron’ is also still active inside the ring. After fighting Roy Jones Jr last year, he is now willing to continue putting up big PPV exhibition fights. Apart from this, he also has a wildly successful podcast that gets him several brand endorsement deals as well.

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Even at 55, Mike Tyson is a symbol of hope and inspiration to many. His love for the sport, commitment to his training, and knack for entrepreneurship have contributed to his achievements in life. This has also allowed ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ to become one of the most successful athletes ever.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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