Mike Tyson’s Coach Reveals Why Bank Robbers Have More Courage Than a Boxer Getting in the Ring

Published 04/04/2021, 11:41 AM EDT
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)


A ring walk is principally the most spine-chilling moment in a boxer’s life. It takes a ton of courage to lace up the boxing gloves and walk in front of thousands of eyes.

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For so many decades, the boxing fraternity has observed bigwigs like Mike Tyson take a storming walk to the ring and subsequently putting on an exemplary show for the fans.

Recently, ‘Iron’ Mike’s coach, Billy White, interacted with ES News on what it feels like to take that fateful stroll towards the boxing ring.

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He said, “Mike and I joke and laugh about. The comparison between getting out of your car to go rob a bank. What a walk that is. That’s tremendous courage. They have more moxie than a guy getting into the ring.

In the boxing ring, from the locker room to the boxing ring, you have to overcome your fear. And you made that walk to the ring, the greatest walk you’ll ever take in your life. It’s a natural high,” he added.

In his prolonged boxing stint, Mike Tyson rolled out some of the most intriguing ring walks. More than that, he showcased supreme confidence while he got into the ring.

With his sheer skill, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ became a household name in the sport. All of his ring walks and fights accrued countless eyeballs, and that’s how Tyson etched his name in the history books.

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Mike Tyson- The heavyweight kingpin

‘Iron’ Mike debuted in 1985. Ever since then, there was no turning back for him. Nobody back then expected Tyson to find his way to glory the way that he did.

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However, proving all his naysayers wrong, ‘Iron’ Mike carved out a spot for him with the G.O.A.T.s of the sport. He idolized the great Muhammad Ali and wished to be like him.

UNDATED: Mike Tyson raises his fists after winning a bout. (Photo by Focus on Sport via Getty Images)

With a blockbuster boxing reign, needless to say, Mike Tyson became one of the most flamboyant faces of the big men’s division.

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Even today, the 54-year-old makes it to the news headlines effortlessly. He vows to inspire the budding boxers for countless years to come. And we don’t doubt any of it.

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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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