Mike Tyson Believes Humans Once Domesticated Lions and Cheetahs

Published 02/18/2021, 9:15 AM EST
LOS ANGELES – FEBRUARY 11: Boxer Mike Tyson arrives at the premiere of “Against the Ropes” at the Chinese Theater on February 11, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


The retro heavyweight star, Mike Tyson, makes it to the top of news headlines even today. At 54, Tyson garners fame and attention in a manner in which many young guns of the sport cannot. He is known for putting up his ideas and statements bluntly in front of the world.

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Ever since his retirement, Tyson has been actively sharing various anecdotes about his thought processes towards life. In a recent Hotboxin podcast, ‘Iron’ Mike talked about humans, domesticating lions and cheetahs in ancient times.

“We had you know at one time in life, man had to have been rolling with a pack of lions, there’s no way that couldn’t have happened, it had to happen, you see how domesticated they had them, now imagine of like history you know, the time they had to roll together there’s no way they had to hunt with one another.”

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“That sounds crazy, there’s no way that couldn’t have happened,” said Tyson.

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)

Tyson was a fan of wild animals. In fact, he had multiple white tigers in his mansion back in the 90s. The 54-year-old maintained an extremely rich lifestyle. He had some of the biggest car brands in his garage and bought some lush properties in and around the USA.

Now, fans may know why Tyson kept animals considered as carnivores as his pets.

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Mike Tyson donated his Tigers to a sanctuary

Tyson had a huge attachment with his pet tigers. He took care of them by providing high-profile diets and many amenities. But, after almost 14 years, ‘Iron’ Mike donated them to a sanctuary.

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He felt such pets should not be domesticated and they shall be let free. In fact, one of his tigers attacked a woman who trespassed his property and Tyson had to pay her a whopping $250,000 in compensation.

Ever since then, Tyson never bought such wild pets and kept his rich lifestyle limited to properties, cars, and clothes.

For now, Tyson owns a dog named Mars, and he alongside his kids always spends time with the poodle.

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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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