Mike Tyson Reveals the Mental Preparation it Took Him to Become a World Champion

Published 02/14/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Mike Tyson attends Comedy Central’s Roast of Charlie Sheen at Sony Studios on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.


‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’, Mike Tyson, became the face of the heavyweight division in the 80s. Every fight he stepped in accrued millions of eyeballs. His enigmatic persona, unmatched power, and trash-talking abilities made him an absolute fan-favorite. He had an altogether different mindset to become the champion. ‘Iron Mike’ repeatedly showcased his mental toughness inside the ring too.

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Recently on the Hotboxin podcast, Tyson revealed his mental preparation prior to becoming the heavyweight king at just 20.

I had to be it (the champion) before I turned 20. I had to be there, I had to be the heavyweight champion subliminally, subconsciously, emotionally. Every iota in my body had to be that before I even was that,” said ‘Iron’ Mike.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – JULY 21: Mike Tyson stands in the ring during the fight with Carl Williams at the Convention Center on July 21, 1989 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tyson defeated Williams in the fifth round with a TKO. (Focus on Sport via Getty Images)

A year after his debut, Tyson earned his title shot against Trevor Berbick and finished him to become the youngest heavyweight champion. He turned into a highly intimidating boxer who possessed a magnificent ring IQ.

But, he envisioned himself as the champion even before he turned professional. He put in countless hours in training and preparation to get an edge over his opponents. ‘Iron’ Mike admitted to constantly pushing himself physically and emotionally to achieve what he was destined for.

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Mike Tyson – a big cheese heavyweight

‘Iron’ Mike inspired a generation of boxers with his stupendous boxing run. He molded the entire heavyweight division and made every fight of his a must-watch. Beginning his pro-career in 1985, Tyson secured continuous wins until 1990.

(Original Caption) 1/22/1988-Atlantic City, NJ Ferocious faced Mike Tyson lands the knockout punch to the jaw of challenger Larry Holmes during fourth round of the World Heavyweight Championship. (Via Getty)

Even after his first loss, Tyson didn’t let his intentions lose track. In a career full of trials, the American pugilist stayed relevant in the big men’s division. Though he hung his gloves from the sport in 2005, the 54-year-old remains relevant and effortlessly dominates the news headlines even in 2021.

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Tyson’s sole aim at his current age is to inspire the younger generation of boxers as much as he can. He vows to continue these deeds for a lifetime.

Is Tyson the best heavyweight the world has witnessed?

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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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