SCARY! Ip Man Actor Recalls Working With Mike Tyson: “I Felt Like a Big Truck Was Rushing Towards Me”

Published 06/20/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
BEIJING, CHINA – MARCH 01: (CHINA OUT) American former professional boxer Mike Tyson attends premiere of film “Ip Man 3” directed by Wilson Yip on March 1, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)


Mike Tyson is the most renowned heavyweight in the world. Right from the old boxing era, until today, he has emerged as one of the biggest hotshots in the game. ‘Iron Mike’ took the combat sports audiences by storm for obvious reasons. Besides boxing, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ had a stellar career in the entertainment vertical too. That said, he worked in many films across his career and delighted fans with his acting.

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‘Iron’ Mike also played a cameo in Ip Man 3 and the fans loved every bit of him. However, his co-actor, Donnie Yen, was petrified to face the hard-hitting heavyweight for a fight scene in that film.

Speaking to Cinema Blend, he said, “I am a fan who watched his boxing matches until 4 or 5 am on TV in Hong Kong when I was a child. I was worried that he might not hold back in using force as he is not an actor. I had to be very cautious. I saw it as a life-and-death boxing match.”

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Yen went on to describe his feeling whilst filming the fight scene. He said, “In that scene, I had to duck my head when it came so near to my head that it touched my hair. I had to duck my head at the last moment so his fist missed me and landed on the sandbag next to me which flew out on impact. He had to use a lot of force to throw the punch. When his punch came, I felt like a big truck was rushing towards me.”

Donnie Yen is a huge Mike Tyson fan, but while shooting for the fight scene, he felt vulnerable because of the American boxer’s power. Nevertheless, they filmed the scene safely, and it became an iconic scene once the film hit cinemas.

Mike Tyson – The scariest heavyweight world has ever seen?

Tyson stirred the fight world right from his first outing inside the game. He unquestionably redefined the heavyweight division, thus pinning himself among the hardest hitters of all time.

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)

His aura, skill sets, and prolific ring management skills made him a hotshot of the sport. And as a result, he became a fan favorite in no time.

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With the persona ‘Iron’ Mike had, he was undoubtedly the scariest heavyweight of all time. Even today, boxing fans enjoy his past performances, and they certainly share great love and respect for him.

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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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