Mike Tyson Ends Debate Surrounding His Religion With One Compelling Answer

Published 10/16/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Tyson reacts after receiving a split draw against Roy Jones Jr. during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)


Mike Tyson has revealed what religion he follows. He was born a Christian, but just like his idol, Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay), he converted to Islam. ‘Iron’ Mike converted in the early 1990s when he was inactive in boxing.

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Mike Tyson appeared on the ‘Full Send Podcast’ hosted by the infamous YouTube group NELK Boys. In an extensive podcast, Tyson spoke about everything from his religion and his new way of living.

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“I have the characteristics of many religions, but I’m a Muslim. Somebody might think if I f**king speak Yiddish or if I speak Arabic, someone might think I’m either one or something. But, um, I love God. I do more praying than I can do. You know, my faith is to god and when I die Imma die a Muslim, it’s just who I am as a person,” said Tyson.

The former heavyweight champion of the world made a comeback to the ring back in 2020 after 15 years away from it. He fought fellow legend Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition. The match ended in a draw. However, Tyson expressed his desire to keep fighting in exhibition bouts to raise money for charity.

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What’s next for Mike Tyson? 

After a successful comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr., Tyson looked to fight another opponent as soon as he could. Many rumors were floating around of a possible fight with his former rival Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield. However, after watching Holyfield’s comeback fight against Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort, it would not be a good idea to make Tyson fight Holyfield.

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Mike Tyson keeps calling out fighters like Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. However, those fights will most likely not happen.

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The latest rumors came up when Mike Tyson claimed that he would fight Lennox Lewis in September 2021. Even though Tyson has not confirmed any other fight as of now, he is most likely to fight Lennox Lewis.

Whom do you think Tyson should fight next?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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