Years After Failed Negotiations, Forgotten Video of 350-Pound Fighter Threatening Mike Tyson to His Face Takes the Internet by Storm

Published 07/31/2023, 11:35 AM EDT

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Mike Tyson was known for his iconic knockouts and deadly persona. The youngest heavyweight champion was known for a stunning knockout, all-black gladiator look. Not many times has the heavyweight been fazed by anyone who stood against him. However, it is safe to say that when the person threatening you weighs 350 lbs, even the greatest will think twice.

Back in 2003, Mike Tyson was nearing the end of his professional career. This was when American MMA fighter Bob Sapp showed his interest in fighting the ‘baddest man on the planet.’ To show the severity of his threat, he did it face-to-face with the heavyweight.

“I’ll put your fuse out”: A threat to remember for Mike Tyson


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Tyson was in attendance at one of Sapp’s fights. When ‘The Beast’ won the fight, he decided to challenge the former heavyweight champion. He sent a threat that was in the news for a longer time than he would’ve expected. Amid all the shouting of the audience, Sapp made a shocking statement.

After his fight, Sapp called Tyson inside the boxing ring. When ‘Iron Mike’ stepped inside the ring, Sapp did not waste any time and charged him. Even though everybody intervened, he was able to touch Tyson’s cheek. Amid all the chaos, Tyson did not even flinch when he saw the punch coming his way. The clip has resurfaced and has been gaining traction on the internet. Sapp’s challenge had resurfaced during Tyson’s 2020 exhibition bout as well.


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Sapp said, “Hey, listen up here. They may call you Kid Dynamite. You mess with me, I’ll put your fuse out.” When a 350 lbs muscular giant says something like that, you will definitely consider the possibility of getting seriously hurt. But when you’re ‘the baddest man on the planet’, it doesn’t affect you. While smiling, Tyson calmly responded, “Sign the contract, big boy.” It should be noted that Tyson was calm throughout the ordeal. However, unfortunately, a fight never materialized between the two.

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The clip epitomizes the personality of Mike Tyson and how the former champion was in a league of his own. Even when a 100lbs heavier muscle monster stood against him, he did not even flinch. What are your thoughts on the clip? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by:

Agrim Sharma


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Agrim Sharma is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Boxing is Agrim's first love, and he has been enamored with the sport since witnessing the sheer courage and tenacity of 'Iron' Mike in his fight against Peter McNeeley. Agrim's recent coverage of the Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury fight was widely appreciated by readers.
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Stefan Thomas