The Crucial Advice Mike Tyson Once Offered to Street Fighting Legend

Published 12/22/2021, 9:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 9: Mike Tyson talks with the media after he was defeated by Evander Holyfield for the WBA Heavyweight tittle at the MGM Grand Garden on November 9, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holyfield won the fight with a TKO in the 11th round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson is one of the highly regarded boxing personalities of all time. The former heavyweight king witnessed a sensational career in boxing back in the 1990s. On top of this, Tysons stays in the limelight with his intriguing statements and blunt nature.

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‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ also shares his experiences and advice with the young generation. Not just that, but his words of wisdom aren’t just restricted to the young generation or upcoming fighters. In the past, he’s given out some solid statements to fellow fighters and more.

Once Tyson ended up sharing a piece of advice with the former UFC elite Kevin Ferguson, aka Kimbo Slice.

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‘Iron’ Mike met Slice at a concert in Miami, where he said, ”Hey man, I am a big fan of your work.”

“Can I give you one piece of advice?”

“Don’t ever go pro.”

Slice bagged a tremendous amount of fame after his YouTube videos of Miami backstreet brawls went viral. He was one of the most dynamic bare-knuckle fighters, who eventually ended up competing in the UFC as well.

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He took his first fight in the UFC in 2009 against Houston Alexander. Slice’s career in the UFC was short-lived as his last fight in the promotion came in 2010.

Mike Tyson gave the ideal advice to Kimbo Slice

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Mike Tyson never shies away from sharing his opinions on the game or beyond. He often comes up with notable advice for the people he really cares about.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 03: Former boxer Mike Tyson performs during his one-man show “Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage” at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on March 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

That said, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ advised Slice to never turn pro. Regardless of that, he did and got some substantial success.

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Post his UFC stint, Slice was all set to fight in the Bellator. But before he could headline the Bellator 158, Slice passed away because of heart failure. The news of his death shocked all his fans, as he was one of the biggest and most captivating fight personalities in combat sports.

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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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