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Mike Tyson Reveals if He’ll Get Another Pet Tiger

Published 09/27/2021, 1:24 PM EDT

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On the latest Hotboxin’ episode, Mike Tyson spoke about his keeping a tiger as a pet in his youth. The youngest heavyweight champion was asked if he’ll ever consider getting another pet tiger, now that he is retired.

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One can spend hours trying to understand why Mike Tyson ever bought a tiger in the first place. However, there is no good justification to that story.


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On Joe Rogan’s podcast, Tyson shared that his decision to get a pet tiger came to him while he was serving his rape conviction sentence in prison in 1992.

Still locked up behind bars, Tyson was on the phone with a car dealer to purchase a new vehicle. But somehow, that phone conversation ended with him buying a tiger for $71,000.

There is no more to it; what started as a decision to buy a car in prison resulted in buying a ferocious cat.

When asked if he will ever consider buying another pet tiger, Mike Tyson said he can’t let a wild tiger roam his residence anymore as he has “little” kids. He mentioned that his older kids loved ‘Kenya’, his pet tiger, back when he had her. He then added that he had to let her go after 14 years. Tyson believes ‘Kenya’, may now be dead.

Mike Tyson is still not ready to hang up his gloves

In a recent interview with Patrick Bet-David, Mike Tyson revealed that he is still not ready to hang up his gloves. He announced that he plans on first getting through his old rival Lennox Lewis and then want to face the current WBC champion, Tyson Fury.

When asked if he was serious about facing ‘The Gypsy King’ in the ring, the 55-year-old replied that he would even fight a lion at the right price.


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I’d fight a lion if the price is right.

“Hey, listen, I can’t help it, I’m a glory freak, I think, yeah, anything.

I raised lions. Actually, I had five lions and eleven tigers before,” said Mike Tyson


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Written by:

Sanjit Misra


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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.
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