“Was It Before or After He Bit Someone’s Ear Off?”: Infamous for His Temper, Mike Tyson’s Wisdom on Mental Fortitude Doesn’t Sit Well With Boxing World

Published 07/16/2023, 8:53 AM EDT

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Mike Tyson is a name that resonates through the annals of boxing history. Renowned for his blistering power and raw aggression, he was a remarkable force in the ring. But Tyson was equally infamous for his temper, which was on display during the notorious 1997 match against Evander Holyfield. In a moment of rage, he committed an act that would forever mark his career. He bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear. The incident shook the sporting world, shattering the image of controlled aggression that boxing embodied.

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Over two decades later, Tyson’s name still evokes a complex mixture of awe and controversy. The retired boxing legend often reflects on his tumultuous journey. Recently, a quote attributed to Tyson appeared on the ‘Millionaire Mind’ Facebook page. In it, he underscores the importance of mental strength.

His words were simple yet profound: “You have to train your mind to be stronger than your feelings or else you will lose yourself”. A statement like that, coming from a man who lost control in a fit of rage, was destined to stir reactions in the boxing world and beyond.

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Tyson’s words: A spark for humor and an example of irony among critics

Following the posting of Tyson’s quote, the reactions poured in, providing a fascinating insight into the public’s perception of the boxing legend.

Roger De La Garza asked with a hint of humor, “Was this before or after he bit someone’s ear off? lol”. This response triggered a ripple of similar sentiments. Notably, James Taylor wryly remarked, “Coming from someone who bit someone’s ear off in a Professional Fight🤣💯”.

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Subsequently, Daniel Talamo joined in, adding a witty twist with, “Or you might bite an ear off 👂”. These comments painted Tyson’s words with a brush of irony, reminding everyone of the stark contrast between his advice and his actions.

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Yet, amid the jesting, a more serious discourse emerged. Johannes Larsson, bypassing the comedic undertones, responded, “Yes indeed! Go with your mind not emotions. Emotions will make you make the wrong decision because they are biased to how you feel at the moment. Think and make choices based on your thoughts and when you are rational.” His comment demonstrated that some fans could differentiate the message from the messenger, deriving meaning from Tyson’s words irrespective of his controversial past.

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Luis Tiburcio Da Silva‘s comment added more perspective: “Yes so true… I see it in heavyweights like Larry Holmes and Holifield!” Broadening the discussion, Da Silva reminded everyone that the mental fortitude Tyson referenced was not unique to him but a crucial part of every successful boxer’s toolkit. The range of reactions, thus, underscored the complexity of Tyson’s legacy, drawing a thread between his past actions, his present wisdom, and the larger boxing world.

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Ultimately, whether one views Tyson’s words through a lens of irony or wisdom, they have stirred a discourse that’s worth engaging in. So, this brings us to an important question – what do you think? Do Tyson’s words resonate with wisdom, or do they serve as a stark reminder of his controversial past?

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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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