Mike Tyson Reveals How a Peanut Almost Killed Him

Published 09/07/2021, 1:13 AM EDT
Lennox Lewis (white trunks) and Mike Tyson (black trunks) (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)


Boxing historian Mike Tyson is not new to uncanny situations that have left him devastated for some time. Starting from brawls, controversies, and crime, Tyson’s larger-than-life persona has revolved around several things. However, it’s quite surprising to know that the world champion had almost lost his life because of a peanut.

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Aged 55, Tyson has a lot of memories to look back at. He details a lot of them in his HotBoxin’ podcast and recently revealed how he could have died. In a chat with ex NHL player Daniel Carcillo, Tyson addressed several things of his life, including the near-death experience.

He said, “Do you believe? Me and peanuts are something and it get caught in my throat and I am [panting]. And it came out, and I was already dozing off. So, boom, I hit the floor.”

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“I would have died and no one would have known. Well, isn’t that s*** some of the creepy thing. F*** peanut.”

Mike Tyson also impersonated how he lost his breath because of the peanut being stuck in his throat. Although the incident had no importance to any of the current scenarios, it thrilled many as Tyson acted himself throughout the whole interaction.

Well, this was one of the many bizarre situations that Tyson had faced in his life. On recalling it all, Mike Tyson might come up with many such memories in the future. Coming across both- the bright and the dark side of life, Tyson is one of the most experienced celebrities in today’s world. So, he has a lot of unique tales to claim.

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Despite losing all his money and stardom at one point, Mike Tyson has regained everything in his dotage. Moreover, he is still one of the biggest names in the sports world and is highly active with his outer-ring activities. Other than hosting his podcast, ‘Iron’ Mike has several investments and a cannabis business to look after.

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)

Nevertheless, he still has a love for fighting. In November 2020, Mike Tyson returned to boxing in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr. and amused several people. While he may not repeat the same again, Tyson’s place is cemented in the history books for all the right reasons.

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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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