Mike Tyson Reveals Why He ‘Crossed the Line’ During Pre-Fight Press Conferences

Published 01/24/2021, 5:00 PM EST
NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: (FILE PHOTO) Boxer Mike Tyson, bleeding from the forehead, yells at reporters at a news conference announcing the upcoming Las Vegas fight between Tyson and heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis January 22, 2002 in New York, NY. Tyson was arrested after a brawl with two men outside a Brooklyn hotel June 21, 2003 in New York City. He has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Tyson, said to have amassed a $300 million fortune, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection August 1, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Legendary boxer Mike Tyson has opened up about his fiery pre-fight press conferences during his time. The iconic fighter explained why he often crossed the line in the build-up to his fights and also gave an insight into the mood before fights.

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YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: American professional boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference following a boxing masterclass for RCC Boxing Promotions boxers and children at the Martial Arts Academy established by the Russian Copper Company. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)

‘Iron Mike’ is undoubtedly one of the most feared men in the sport’s history. So much so that we knew him as the ‘Baddest Man on the Plant’. Part of this reputation stemmed from his behavior before fights.

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Speaking on an episode of ‘HotBoxin with Mike Tyson’, he said everything you see is real till after the fight. When talking about fighters crossing the line, ‘Iron Mike’ retorted, “No, I was always crossing the line.”

He then detailed an experience from a press conference and explained why he did what he used to. “I remember one time Larry Holmes put his hand out and I didn’t shake his hand. I was that kind of guy, I was really dark, because I was insecure,” said Tyson.

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Mike Tyson explains his actions at the infamous Lennox Lewis press conference

It is clear to see that ‘Iron Mike’ would go into the zone before a fight, and everything we saw was unadulterated emotion. Moreover, his insecurity boiling over was not a onetime occurrence. Although, the most notable occasion was against Lennox Lewis.

In the press conference, they kept the two at a distance for the face off to avoid any conflict. However, Tyson approached Lewis and started a brawl. He even got into an altercation with a reporter after that.

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When asked why he did this, he said, “I’m a heavy dude sometimes.” Thus, this showed just how seriously Mike Tyson took his boxing. He since straightened his ways and refrained from controversies.

Nowadays he’s occupied with putting together his exhibition fights for the legends only league. He has revealed his desired destination for his next fight and teased his next opponent as well. However, fans will not get to witness the fiery Mike Tyson of old.

Do you think Mike Tyson was the most intimidating boxer in the sports history?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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