Mike Tyson, 54, Confesses to Punching Fans in the Face During His Prime

Published 02/13/2021, 4:30 AM EST
NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: (FILE PHOTO) Boxer Mike Tyson, bleeding from the forehead, yells at reporters at a news conference announcing the upcoming Las Vegas fight between Tyson and heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis January 22, 2002 in New York, NY. Tyson was arrested after a brawl with two men outside a Brooklyn hotel June 21, 2003 in New York City. He has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Back in the 90s, boxing saw its biggest star in form of Mike Tyson, who took the heavyweight division by storm. With his intimidating power, fierce trash talk, and magnetic persona, ‘Iron’ Mike rose to the apex in no time. As famous as he was for his actions inside the squared circle, the 54-year-old was equally known for the same outside it.

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In a Hotboxin podcast, Tyson unveiled an anecdote about punching fans in his top-graded boxing days.

“I’m a street guy from Brooklyn, right! And it was cool, but once it got like (when a fan rushed onto him) I just boom, I used to hit them, the fan. Boom, get the f**k away from me, motherf***r. You could have got too much. They don’t know if my mother died, they don’t know my sister, they don’t know if I broke up with my girlfriend and it’s running in my face,” he said.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 25: Mike Tyson speaks onstage during the “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthts” panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour – Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

‘Iron’ Mike made countless fans who kept track of his every activity back then. However, fans rushed onto him, not knowing his physical or mental well-being. This forced ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’ to react in this way on occasions.

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A fan attacked Mike Tyson after his exhibition bout

In November 2020, ‘Iron’ Mike fought Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition bout. The duo fared extremely well, but the fight ended in a draw. Fans were divided over the same as some of them were just happy to see ‘Iron Mike’, whereas others wanted him to win.

Post the fight, the 54-year-old was leaving the Staples Center when a group of fans approached him for autographs.

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Abruptly, a fan tried to swing at Tyson and took something out of his waistband. ‘Iron’ Mike’s security team jumped just before he pulled off something from that pocket, suspecting a weapon. They brought things in control before they turned ugly.

Tyson was safe, and he was escorted away quickly.

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What do you make of Tyson’s aforementioned comments?

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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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