Mike Tyson Elucidates Why You Shouldn’t Be a Bully and a Fighter at the Same Time

Published 12/15/2020, 9:39 AM EST
CULVER CITY, CA – DECEMBER 14: Mike Tyson on stage at Spike TV’s 2008 Video Game Awards at Sony Picture Studios on December 14, 2008 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)


Mike Tyson recently opened up on the negative effects of being both a top-level professional fighter and a bully on the streets in a recent interview with djvlad. Tyson was known for his tough personality throughout the years. But he believes being a bully on the streets is not something worth it.

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Former WBC heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick was killed by his nephew back in 2006 over property disputes. Berbick was a very well-known figure in the world of heavyweight boxing. He fought Tyson and also defeated Muhammad Ali in the latter’s last ever fight.

LAS VEGAS – NOVEMBER 22: Heavyweight fighter Mike Tyson, right, and Trevor Berbick, left, in the ring before the start of their scheduled twelve round WBC heavyweight title fight at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson won the fight by TKO in the second round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Speaking on that incident, ‘Iron‘ Mike Tyson said, “I heard the story. There was some kind of beef about property, I believe. That’s what I hear through the neighbors, all the people that know him and know me. That was over property. And I don’t know what went down. But my experience with Mr. Trevor Berbick and people, he was kind of like a bully tough guy. So, you gotta be careful.

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You are a fighter and you’re a tough guy. The odds of you living long is not good. You’re bad enough that you’re a boxer or you’re a tough guy, Now you’re both of them? Yeah, you’re not gonna be around long.” added, ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’.

Mike Tyson has had his experience with troubles

Tyson has certainly has had his fair share of troubles. He infamously fought fellow boxer Mitch Green in the streets, 6 months before his own fight against Berbick.

Tyson actually thought he killed Mitch Green. Mitch Green was just knocked out because of his head hitting the concrete floor, though. Tyson broke his hand in the process.

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So, he has the experience of what it feels like to be a bully on the streets. But Tyson advises pro-fighters not to be a ‘tough-guy’ in the streets. Like Zab, Judah also said on the same show that pro-fighters are usually loving and compassionate human beings out of the ring.

What do you make of Mike Tyson’s comments? Do you think “Iron” should ever fight again after his bout against Roy Jones Jr. recently?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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