Mike Tyson Reveals Why He Fought Without Socks

Published 04/22/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES – FEBRUARY 11: Boxer Mike Tyson arrives at the premiere of “Against the Ropes” at the Chinese Theater on February 11, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson was a true destroyer in the heavyweight roster of the old boxing era. With his uniqueness, his sublime power, and his ferocious ring IQ, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ became a fan favorite in no time. He was different from other boxers, and recently he opened up about another surprising anecdote from his time as a professional. ‘Iron Mike’ revealed that he fought without wearing socks in his boxing sneakers.

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Tyson let his fans know about the hilarious reason behind the same on his fresh Hotboxin’ podcast. He said, “I used to think that was a style and didn’t know these poor motherf**ker didn’t have socks. I thought it was a style.”

ATLANTIC CITY – AUGUST 17,1986: Mike Tyson looks to make his move against 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)

Mike Tyson was the flamboyant star of the heavyweights. Prior to him, no one in the sport saw such cracking stardom, that too in such a brief span of time. As famous as he was for his actions inside the ring, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ was known for his antics outside it and hence, he was always at the center of attention.

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Even today, none of the retro boxers stay as relevant to the sport as Mike Tyson. He even fought Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition bout in November 2020 and is looking forward to lace up the boxing gloves yet again.

Should Mike Tyson give a thought to returning to the sport professionally?

In his last exhibition against ‘Captain Hook’, ‘Iron’ Mike showcased a snippet of his old self. He kept tremendous composure until the last gong and landed considerable hits on his fellow contemporary.

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However, the boxing world has drastically changed ever since Tyson hung up his gloves from the game. Citing the same, it might be problematic for the 54-year-old to push all his boundaries and fight someone professionally for 12-rounds. But, he can unquestionably keep competing in exhibitions, thus entertaining his fans.

It’ll be intriguing to see how things shape up for ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ in the coming time.

Will you be excited to see Tyson lace up the boxing gloves again? Who do you want him to go up next against? Will he compete with no socks again?

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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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