WATCH: When Mike Tyson Elbowed a Fan for Trying to Take a Selfie

Published 09/08/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: (FILE PHOTO) Boxer Mike Tyson, bleeding from the forehead, yells at reporters at a news conference announcing the upcoming Las Vegas fight between Tyson and heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis January 22, 2002 in New York, NY. Tyson was arrested after a brawl with two men outside a Brooklyn hotel June 21, 2003 in New York City. He has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


There are some magnetic names in boxing who have a paramount fan base spread across boundaries. In that elite list, Mike Tyson is the top-notch star who has stayed in the limelight until today. Fans absolutely love him and they’re keen to catch a glimpse of him. However, when some of the fans get onto ‘The Baddest Man’s nerves, he responds in kind. The same happened back in 2015 when a fan tried to click a selfie with the former heavyweight kingpin.

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When ‘Iron Mike’ marked himself present for the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao weigh-in, he was surrounded by a substantial number of fans. Later, as he was sitting comfortably alongside his close mates, someone from the mob put his hand on Tyson’s shoulder and tried to click a selfie.

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As expected, ‘Iron’ Mike was left fuming, and he ferociously tried to elbow that fan. Later, someone close to Tyson separated that fan and he took him away. However, fans got a snippet of Tyson’s fury.

Back in the 1990s, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ was one emerging star who became a prominent name because of his in-ring performances.

At the time, Tyson was involved in several incidents that remain iconic, even today. Be it biting Evander Holyfield’s ear or entering a brawl with Lennox Lewis ahead of their fight, ‘Iron’ Mike has seen it all.

Is Mike Tyson a changed individual today?

As time passed, Mike Tyson introspected himself. ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ ironed out his personality to become a better version of himself. Today, he runs his own podcast channel and brings in huge celebrities. With this, his fan base has kept on increasing and this has resulted in him being a humble star altogether.

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However, even the humblest of individuals will need to ensure that no one violates their personal space.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Former champion Mike Tyson poses on the red carpet during the Box Fan Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

That said, Mike Tyson is a fan favorite for obvious reasons. And there’s no one who can deny the fact that he’s the biggest boxing star of all time.

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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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