Mike Tyson Reveals His Ultimate Goal – Wants to Achieve ‘God Status’

Published 01/16/2021, 8:30 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)


The boxing universe is well-acquainted with what Mike Tyson is capable of. Ever since he made his debut, Tyson modified the sport and made all of his fights worth a watch. In today’s glossy social media world, fighters are paid millions for brand endorsements. Whereas in the retro boxing era, ‘Iron Mike’ secured millions by just knocking his opponents out cold.

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In an interview with Brendan Schaub, Tyson opened up on his intimidating boxing run and what made him dismantle his opponents.

“I’m born to do this,” said Tyson.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 28: Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson fight for WBA World Heavyweight Title on June 28, 1997, at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Fight was stopped in the third round and Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield on both ears. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

He continued and explained what he meant by God status, “I’m just born to do this to reach the God status!… Dying (inside the ring) doing this! That’s real talk.”

Back in the 90s, ‘Iron Mike’ was the most flamboyant star of the sport. Tyson could attract more than a million eyeballs towards his fights. In the aforementioned statement, the 54-year-old asserted on reaching the god status in this life and that is one predominant reason which motivated him to perform that way in the ring.

He also added that he went into every fight with a mindset to be killed, and that is how he became a reigning king of the sport.

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Is Mike Tyson the best heavyweight boxing has ever seen?

The former heavyweight champion began his heavyweight run in 1985. Subsequently, he marched on to the pinnacle of the division and beat every opponent he faced. His first loss came in 1990, almost five years after his debut fight. However, he only became better with that loss and resumed his supreme run.

The American boxer retired in 2005 with a decorated track record of 50 wins (44 T/KO) and 6 losses.

ATLANTIC CITY – AUGUST 17,1986: Mike Tyson looks to take a punch to Jose Ribalta during a bout at Trump Plaza Hotel on August 17, 1986, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mike Tyson defeated Jose Ribalta TKO 10. (Photo by The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)

He possessed ferocious knockout power that dispatched his opponents to the canvas.

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Needless to say, Mike Tyson is the best heavyweight in the sport. Even at age 54, he keeps himself proactive and super-fit and tries to inspire the younger generation.

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What has been your favorite highlight of Mike Tyson’s 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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