Mike Tyson Recalls ‘Beating Sh** Out of a Kid’ for Stealing

Published 01/17/2022, 9:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 9: Mike Tyson talks with the media after he was defeated by Evander Holyfield for the WBA Heavyweight tittle at the MGM Grand Garden on November 9, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holyfield won the fight with a TKO in the 11th round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Heavyweight legend Mike Tyson displayed his violent side during the prime years of his boxing reign, which was built after uncountable highlight-reel knockouts coming from his end. The Brooklyn native needed one proper punch to put his opponents to sleep, and he did it most of the time he stepped through the ropes.

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However, violence was never new to ‘Iron’ Mike as he suffered a harsh childhood while growing up. From petty crimes to violence and even killings, Tyson saw it all during his tough times. He has always been vocal about all these experiences and has never shied from detailing his public altercations. That said, Mike Tyson once cited an incident where he beat a kid on finding that he had stolen Tyson’s bicycle.

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The former world champion said, “So a lot of people think of me as a boxer but what they really didn’t know was I loved bicycles.”

“When I was a kid, I got a shooting bicycle and man I would ride that bicycle all over New York City. Then one day, my bicycle got stolen. When I finally found who stole my bicycle, I beat the s*** out of that kid man.”

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The fans and his opponents, during the peak of his boxing dominance, mostly tagged Mike Tyson as a bully. He was an intimidating persona, who also used his loud mouth to impose dominance. While Tyson implemented the same energy in-ring, it earned him the moniker of ‘Baddest Man On The Planet’. Well, 55-year-old Tyson remains relevant in the combat world and is still in active motion.

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At the age of 54, Mike Tyson re-laced the boxing gloves and returned to action in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr. in November 2020. The fight grabbed massive attention, with Jake Paul taking on ex-NBA player Nate Robinson in the undercard. Tyson vs Jones Jr. was a draw. But ‘Iron’ looked sharper than his opponent, in what assured him to remain active in exhibitions.

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)

He also spun rumors of entering the ring against Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, and even Logan Paul in 2022. But there are no official updates to those matchups. As of now, Tyson is pretty busy with his outer-ring activities. Nevertheless, he can turn attention towards the ring at any given point.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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