Mike Tyson Explains How His Children Use Their Education Against Him: “It Bothers Me Sometimes”

Published 04/19/2021, 5:00 PM EDT
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 25: Mike Tyson speaks onstage during the “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthts” panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour – Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson had a very brief relationship with education as he was always focussed on the ‘sweet science’ and became a boxer at an early age.

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When he was just 20, Tyson was already the Heavyweight Champion of the world. Meanwhile, he suffered a troubled childhood and teenage due to abject poverty.

So, education might have been a luxury that he couldn’t afford. However, Tyson’s impeccable in-ring dominance saw him become a legend, and using that fortune, he sent his kids to school and gave them a proper education.

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Meanwhile, Mike Tyson has also claimed that his kids read better than him and he appears bothered with it. In his recent podcast, the heavyweight boxer connected with NFL elite Terrell Owens and talked about his children’s education.

“My kids are 13 and 14, and they read better than I do. It bothers me sometimes. 13-12, f*** reading Shakespeare and still it bothers me,” said Mike Tyson.

He added, “They used that to me, all the stuff they learned, but the stuff that they learned in the school and that’s not a good guy. And I sent them to the school to tell them that I am a bad guy”

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Mike Tyson’s controversies and scandals may have left a dent on his legacy, allowing several critics to throw dirt in his name; however, his astounding tale of rags to riches is a source of inspiration to people all over the world.

What’s more, it is one such thing that no critic can take away from the heavyweight great. Aged 54, Mike Tyson continues to inspire people with his actions just as much as when he was in his prime, if not more so.

What’s next for Mike Tyson?

After achieving all that there is to achieve in boxing, Tyson returned to action in his dotage against Roy Jones Jr. and put forth an incredible showdown. It paved the way for several retired boxers to come back to the squared circle.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Roy Jones Jr. (L) and Mike Tyson celebrate their split draw 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)

Following Tyson and Roy Jones Jr, Evander Holyfield, Kevin McBride, and Oscar De La Hoya have also announced their returns. So, it’s safe to say that Mike Tyson introduced a new wave to the sport.

Although exhibition bouts have been frequent, Tyson seemingly re-introduced it to the modern era. Thus, he is still a role model to millions and will remain so 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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