THROWBACK: When Mike Tyson Threw Up in Fear of a Shark

Published 02/27/2021, 8:00 AM EST
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 arguably one of boxing’s scariest and most intimidating fighters of all time. The ‘Baddest Man on the Plant’ struck fear into his opponents even before he stepped into the ring. However, there was a situation where Tyson was on the receiving end.

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UNITED STATES – AUGUST 19: Las Vegas; Mike TYSON (USA) – Peter MC NEEZY (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

With 44 knockouts from 50 victories, ‘Iron Mike’ was truly one of boxing’s hardest hitters. However, even the hardest punchers can meet their match. And Tyson met his match rather unconventionally when he went swimming with the sharks.

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The legendary boxer was part of Discovery’s Shark Week program and graced the show as its first guest. However, before diving into the sea, the heavyweight boxer threw up in the boat. This may have been the fear of the sharks, but could also have been the seasickness.

Not a great sign before the dive! #SharkWeek pic.twitter.com/G6IU4fUpvR

— Shark Week (@SharkWeek) August 10, 2020

Tyson spoke to The New York Post and revealed his fear. He said, “I was scared all the way through and was just trying to get through it alive. I’m a scary guy, but not when it comes to adventurous stuff. One shark kept bumping me and I’m like, ‘What the hell do you want?’”

This comment showed just how much Tyson feared the prospect of facing the sharks. Therefore, his throwing up could have been out of fear.

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Mike Tyson overcame his fear

One aspect of Tyson’s life has been his willingness to face his fears. He has often spoken about how facing difficult situations made him the person he is, and this situation was no different for the legendary boxer.

‘Iron Mike’ dived into the water and successfully tamed one shark and seemed very satisfied with his efforts. Although he had help from the experts surrounding him, the former heavyweight champion faced his fears and overcame them.

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Tyson has since made a comeback to the sport, taking on Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition fight. In addition, he has revealed he wants to continue to fight. Therefore, showing his fearless attitude, something that has carried him throughout his career and beyond.

Do you think Mike Tyson was the most intimidating boxer of all time?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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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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