Mike Tyson Admits to Robbing Kids Like His Daughter at 12 Years of Age

Published 02/07/2021, 7:30 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)


Mike Tyson, the heavyweight stalwart, had a troubled teenage life before he found boxing as a sanctuary to realize his dreams. Tyson had been to prison several times, and if not for his mentor, Cus D’Amato, fans could have missed out on a great pugilist in him.

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While Tyson reached the pinnacle of boxing and achieved glory with his unprecedented dominance, he doesn’t hesitate to talk about his time before boxing. In his recent podcast with WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney, ‘Iron’ Mike made a shocking revelation.

He contrasted his life with his kids and said, “My kids are better than me now. Right now, my kids are better than me. Because my daughter, she is 12, I was locked up at 12. And she is a smart a** at 12. Spoilt, have everything. I used to rob children like that. Now, I raise children like that. Life is great.”

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Controversies found a path to Mike Tyson, even after he became the heavyweight world champion. Tyson faced imprisonment later in his career and was bankrupt in 2003. So, it’s safe to say that he has always faced dark days in some form.

That said, he also returned stronger from them. Despite losing all his wealth in 2003, he regained the riches in style. Today, he has his own podcast and several other business ventures, including a popular cannabis ranch. Furthermore, thanks to his exhibition bow, Tyson, is also relevant in the current boxing world.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – JULY 21: Mike Tyson and Don King celebrates after Tyson defeated Carl Williams for the WBA, WBC and IBF heavyweight tittles on July 21, 1989 at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tyson won the fight with a knock out in the first round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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Mike Tyson and the ongoing boxing glory

The former heavyweight champion staged his return against Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition battle on November 28, 2020. The fight was declared a draw, but Tyson showcased his prowess and dominated ‘Captain Hook’.

Apart from that, ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’ continues to interview current boxing sensations and is a prime reason for instigating fights. In recent times, Tyson has planted the seeds for a fight between Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis, alongside another contest between Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney.

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So, he is still a prime persona for the modern-era fans, especially after returning to boxing action. Tyson has vowed to accept more exhibition fights in the coming days.

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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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