Mike Tyson Reflects on his Boxing Career – Calls Himself ‘A Scared Little Boy’

Published 12/31/2020, 7:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 09: Former boxer Mike Tyson inducts Evander Holyfield (not pictured) into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at the second annual induction gala at the New Tropicana Las Vegas on August 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Unquestionably, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson was the scariest heavyweight of the 80-90s era. He was a true annihilator in the sport. Nobody rose to Tyson’s level of stardom during his prime. But little did anyone know, Tyson viewed himself as a ‘scared little boy’ for his actions inside the ring.

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Lately, Tyson was in a chat with American YouTuber and boxer Logan Paul on his channel Impaulsive. Tyson was asked how he viewed himself. The combat sports audience often perceived him as a true killer, but did Tyson ever feel the same about himself?

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“I don’t know, I don’t look at him the way you look at him. He’s a very scared little boy. Does that make sense to you?” said Tyson.

Tyson asserted that he was a scared kid who was just trying to stay ‘alive’ inside the ring. He believed his opponents always felt that heat coming off his powerful punches, and that’s how he used to put his opponents to sleep with so much ease.

“That was the energy of that scarred little boy so ferocious. Nothing to stop it.”

The interviewers, alongside Tyson, discussed fear playing an enormous factor in a fighter’s life. Even though Tyson looked extremely calm and composed prior to his fights, he always felt some inner fear even after top-notch preparations for the bout.

Read – VIDEO: Mike Tyson Goes Berserk on Logan Paul’s Impaulsive Podcast

Tyson affirmed fear playing a dominant role for a fighter. He thinks any combat sports fighter cannot attain success until he has that slight fear in him prior to his fights.

Mike Tyson – the scary knockout artist

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‘Iron’ Mike Tyson made his professional boxing debut in 1985. In a brief span of time, Tyson built a stellar boxing resume. He won all of his battles till 5 years from his debut. Except for 3 fights, Tyson won all the bouts via T/KO, fighting much frequently than any other contemporary heavyweight.

LAS VEGAS – MARCH 16: Mike Tyson boxes Frank Bruno at the MGM Grand on March 16, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson defeated Bruno in round 3 with a TKO. (Photo by Focus on Sport via Getty Images)

After knocking out Trevor Berbick, he became a heavyweight champion at 20. He was a flamboyant star of boxing then, maintaining a controversial and lush lifestyle.

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As famous for his antics inside the ring, he was equally known for his actions outside. What is your favorite highlight of Mike Tyson’s decorated career?

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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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