Mike Tyson Explains the Real Success in His Life – ‘This Fighting Sh*t, That’s Just Hard Work’

Published 05/07/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 08: Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson speaks during the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction gala at Caesars Palace on August 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson is arguably one of the greatest boxers in the sport’s history. The legendary boxer won many titles during his prime and beat several great champions along the way. As a result, he became famous as the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’. However, he has revealed what the real success of his life was.

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‘Iron Mike’ had no shortage of success in the sport. He became the youngest heavyweight champion in the world at 20, a record which stands to this day. However, the legendary boxer confirmed that his boxing achievements mean nothing.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – JULY 21: Mike Tyson and Don King celebrates after Tyson defeated Carl Williams for the WBA, WBC and IBF heavyweight tittles on July 21, 1989 at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tyson won the fight with a knock out in the first round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

The 50-6 boxer spoke to the rapper G-Eazy on an episode of ‘Hotboxin with Mike Tyson.’ Speaking of success, Tyson said, “That’s interesting that you think that. That’s not my success. My success is not going to prison. You know, not having another baby with my wife or something stupid like that. That’s success for me.”

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This comment from Tyson showed how different he thinks from the rest. He then confirmed, “This fighting sh*t, that’s just hard work… That’s what I’m born to do.” 

Therefore, Tyson clearly paid no attention to the boxing success.

Why doesn’t Mike Tyson care for the boxing success?

These comments may surprise many since ‘Iron Mike’ is recognized globally thanks to his boxing accolades. Moreover, it formed a major part of his life and, he still finds the desire to continue fighting. So why doesn’t he rate his boxing achievements as a success?

The reality is that all the achievements and fame brought along many bad habits and dangerous company. As a result, Tyson lost out his prime years indulging in things he should never have got into. 

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – MARCH 06: Mike Tyson performs his one man show “Undisputed Truth” in the Music Box at the Borgata on March 6, 2020 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)

However, this is not the first time Tyson has spoken about how little his boxing achievements mean. There is also video footage of him calling his belts garbage. Thus, this is something the former champion has always felt.

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What do you make of these comments from Mike Tyson? Do you think the former champion is right about real success in life?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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