Mike Tyson Explains How Cus D’Amato Hypnotized Him

Published 08/04/2021, 8:08 AM EDT
ATLANTIC CITY – AUGUST 17,1986: Mike Tyson looks to start the fight with Jose Ribalta at Trump Plaza Hotel on August 17, 1986 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.Mike Tyson defeated Jose Ribalta TKO 10. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)


‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ has always fought his way through life. Right from becoming the youngest heavyweight champion to imprisonment to making more than $400 million to going broke in 2003, Mike Tyson has had an exciting life. ‘Iron’ Mike worked his way through the ranks by training harder than any other fighter in the heavyweight division and by surrounding himself with the legends in the game like Cus D’Amato.

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On a recent Hotboxin’ podcast episode, David Benavidez asked Mike Tyson about how his coach Cus D’Amato’s hypnosis methods helped him in his training. Tyson explained he had to empty his thoughts and then they would tell him things that would help him internalize and truly believe that he is the greatest. Tyson has shared that this hypnosis method helped him believe in himself subconsciously.

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Most of us don’t know what our subconscious is. Our subconscious is our power, not in check, just waiting for a signal. And our consciousness gives it the signal. Not right away, but we constantly ask for it. It’s almost like an affirmation.”

There’s a guy named Émile Coué, he created I’m getting better every day, I’m beautiful, I am magnificent, I am invincible, I am a god, he created that saying wonderful things to yourself every morning and every night and your life will change.”

It showed that it happens to the majority of the people, that’s what people have been doing most of their lives, believing in themselves, believing in a mystic god, most of it is in the religion that we believe in,” said Mike Tyson.

Will Mike Tyson fight this year?

At 54, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson faced Roy Jones Jr and instantly expressed his desire to continue fighting in a post-fight interview. Earlier this year, Tyson shared he was considering running it back with his old opponent, Lennox Lewis. This announcement came amidst other talks of matchups with Shannon Briggs and even Roy Jones Jr for a rematch. But a rematch between the two would be a mega clash for all boxing purists.

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Earlier, Mike Tyson had hinted at a rematch in September. However, with just a few weeks left until September and no update on the matchup, it seems as if talks about Lewis-Tyson 2 have died down. This would mean that if the two are to engage in another battle, it could happen either later this year or even in 2022.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Tyson exits the ring 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)

However, both fighters have shown interest in fighting again. Mike Tyson could have a shot at redemption and Lewis could have another chance to cement his legacy. The youngest heavyweight champ has been putting the hours in at the boxing gym ever since his last fight. However, fans have not yet seen any direct updates on Lennox Lewis’ training and form.

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Who would you pick if the two legends agreed to a rematch?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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