Mike Tyson Recalls Hanging Out with Lil Wayne When He Was 16: ‘He Didn’t Say a Word’

Published 06/11/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Mike Tyson in London to see Frank Bruno against James ‘Quick ‘ Tillis, (Picture) Mike Tyson sparring, 25th March 1987. (Photo by Brendan Monks/Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)


Boxing veteran Mike Tyson is a rap fan and has been close to several rappers in his life. Late Tupac Shakur was one of his friends, and ‘Iron’ Mike continues to cherish that relationship to this day. Furthermore, Tyson also knew Lil Wayne, when the rapper was in his teenage. The ex-heavyweight champion talked about his interaction with Lil Wayne from the past and sent several fans into a frenzy.

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In a chat with rapper Polo G and former UFC champion Henry Cejudo, Mike Tyson recalled the incident. While Polo G also reflected on his relationship with Wayne, ‘Iron’ Mike stole the show with his words.

“I used to hang out with these guys in Louisiana. I know he was 16 years old, he didn’t say a word. Now, I can’t stop him from talking,” said Mike Tyson.

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Likewise, rapper Lil Wayne has also been a fan of combat sports and is close to many combatants. A few days back, he vowed to make a song on UFC female champion Rose Namajunas. Not only that, but Lil Wayne had also performed live in one of Floyd Mayweather‘s walkouts. That said, Mike Tyson’s recent comments reflect Lil Wayne’s intimacy with fighters, since he was a kid.

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Mike Tyson–The All-Era entertainer

The heavyweight stalwart has been the center of attraction, throughout his life. Even after retirement, the champion boxer remained close to celebrities, actors and that retained his relevancy in the headlines. As of now, Mike Tyson has his own podcast, which is one of the most popular shows in the combat world.

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Starting from fighters, rappers, to actors and entertainers, ‘Iron’ Mike’s Hotboxin podcast has sheltered several personalities. Moreover, a lot of paparazzi talks like Ryan Garcia’s call out to Gervonta Davis have happened in the show. Hence, Mike Tyson is still making headlines, just in a different role.

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Maybe in the future, Lil Wayne would be a guest in Tyson’s Hotboxin podcast. And the fans can see them talk. If it happens, we can see the men shed more light on that incident.

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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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