Mike Tyson: “It’s Easier to Live in Prison Than It Is Outside”

Published 09/03/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: American professional boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference following a boxing masterclass for RCC Boxing Promotions boxers and children at the Martial Arts Academy established by the Russian Copper Company. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)


Mike Tyson ranks among the most praise-worthy names of boxing today. However, he had his fair share of controversies in the past, which pinned him as a ‘bad boy’ of the sport. Despite that, Tyson stayed centered, and he kept coming back from adversities to become one true boxing great.

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Tyson had enough trials in the sport when he was in his absolute prime. That said, he even went to jail several times and spent some considerable time there. Hence, it’s safe to say that he’s witnessed life from a different vertical altogether and there’s no one who can come close to him with such bizarre experiences.

Recently, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’, in an exclusive conversation with Michael Franzese, talked about his stint in jail and why is it easier to live there.

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“It’s easier to live in prison than it is outside. Outside you ain’t s**t and prison you’re somebody. You can write letters, you be in the school. These motherf**kers can’t read and write. They pay you to write letters from you, the f**kin man!” he said.

With all the experiences he has in the bag, Tyson has always tried to become a better version of himself, someone that his kids can look up to. After retiring from the sport in 2005, he went out of the limelight and worked extensively on himself.

That’s predominantly why he has completely transformed ever since he left professional boxing. Now, he is a podcast host, Hollywood star, and motivational speaker.

Mike Tyson is a genuine inspiration to all the budding fighters

‘Iron’ Mike Tyson carved his career in the finest way to become the flamboyant heavyweight star back in the 1980s and 1990s.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – OCTOBER 16: Boxer Mike Tyson beats Tyrell Biggs at Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey October 16 1987. (Photo by Jeffrey Asher/ Getty Images)

Despite a few setbacks, he always showed heart in his fights and his hunger to win was clear. Although he had a dynamic and a livid persona back then, he urges boxers to balance that version of themselves with who they are away from the sport.

Considering that, Tyson is a clear inspiration to all the budding fighters because he wants to pass on the best teachings and provide fans anecdotes about his varied experiences.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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