“You Had to Kill Him” – Mike Tyson Details What Made Muhammad Ali so Special

Published 07/21/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 16: Boxer Mike Tyson arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures’ “Tyson” at the Pacific Design Center on April 16, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)


Muhammad Ali redefined the sport of boxing with his extraordinary performances. In the old era, no other boxer was as famous as him. This was because Ali was a true annihilator and he gave the boxing audiences a show worth the wait. In his illustrious career span, Ali created a mammoth fanbase, and many of his fans turned into professional boxers. And Mike Tyson was one hard-core fan of the boxing legend, who himself enjoyed a decorated career in the sport.

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On many occasions, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ admitted how Ali inspired him to take up the sport and more. In his fresh Hotboxin’ podcast, Tyson gave his take on what made Muhammad Ali so special.

He said, “Oh his pain is off the hook.”

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“But listen, Ali got, you had to kill him, he ain’t gonna quit. You had to kill him. He ain’t gonna f***in quit.”

‘Iron’ Mike was greatly inspired by Ali. And every time he made a ring appearance, Tyson tried to pull off blistering performances just like his icon. In fact, Mike Tyson had an even more captivating aura and with his out-of-the-box prowess, the New York boxer hooked in millions of fans.

Furthermore, in 1988, Tyson even avenged Ali’s loss by crucifying Larry Holmes. In this fight, he paid homage to the all-time boxing great by pulling off a magnetic T/KO win. In a genuine sense, ‘Iron’ Mike was one staunch fan of Ali and his in-ring performances were a certain proof of the same.

Did Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali change the course of boxing?

The sport of boxing was still grabbing pace in the early 1950s when they witnessed a legend in Muhammad Ali. He took the sport to unseen heights and passed the baton to his disciple, Mike Tyson.

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To everyone’s surprise, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ did even better, and he brought in millions of fans to the sport.

That said, Tyson and Ali are the two biggest names. And consequently, the sport wouldn’t have reached where it is if both these men didn’t lace up the boxing gloves. What do you make of Tyson’s above comments on Ali?

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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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