Mike Tyson Reveals His 2021 Diet, Including Favorite Vegan Food and Meat

Published 12/26/2021, 10:30 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Tyson exits the ring 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)


55-year-old Mike Tyson is still fit enough to enter the boxing ring and trade haymakers. He faced former two-division champion Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition in 2020, after a 15-year-long hiatus from pro-boxing. Hence, it verifies Tyson to have followed a lifestyle like an athlete.

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Although ‘Iron’ has admitted to being a regular smoker now, he still keeps a check on his diet and fitness drills. He shocked several people by revealing his gigantic physique ahead of the Roy Jones fight. Meanwhile, several more fighters have called him out and a right payday can bring back ‘Iron’ to action.

Amidst all of it, Tyson leads a busy life outside the ring too, and has recently revealed the diet that helps him sustain it all. While he followed a very strict food habit back in his prime time, the former heavyweight champion follows it to this day.

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In an exclusive interaction with Westword, when asked about his current diet, Tyson said, “Mostly rice and beans. Could be an Impossible burger. Could be some bison.”
“I eat very little meat; probably like 2 percent of my food is meat. I think it would be refried beans or hummus.”

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Well, a 20-year-old Mike Tyson clearly didn’t eat this simple. To keep up with his intense workout and training, Cus D’Amato provided the best to his pupil, and Mike Tyson had to go through sheer limits to hone his prowess. Here’s a look at how a prime Tyson’s diet looked like.

What did a prime Mike Tyson eat back in his days?

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According to reports, Tyson had a four-meal per day plan. He also had his cheat meals but was constantly monitored by his trainer, Cus. His cheat meals included ice cream and Cap’n Crunch cereal. He used to begin his day with oatmeal, Milk, and vitamin supplements. His lunch included chicken breast, Rice, and orange juice. He used to consume steaks, pasta, and orange juice for dinner.

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)

A hardcore training of cardio and boxing drills complimented all of it. No wonder why Tyson saw the heights of his physical peak.

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Despite suffering drug abuse in between and running out of shape, Tyson has regained himself in good spirits and is still monitoring what he eats.

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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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