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“You’re Not Living Your Life”: Mike Tyson Channels Cus D’Amato’s Wisdom During His Podcast

Published 04/22/2023, 2:01 PM EDT

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Comedian Tommy Davidson recently appeared on an episode of Mike Tyson’s podcast, Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson. The duo really seemed to hit it off from the start. At one point during the podcast, Davidson started sharing an incident where a lady decided to leave a bad review for his book “Living in Color: What’s Funny about” on Amazon. He revealed that he had a revelation about social media after reading the comment.

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That’s when Mike Tyson shared Cus D’Amato‘s wisdom with Davidson. The relationship Mike and Cus had is well-known to boxing fans. Cus guided Mike and made him the boxer that dominated his division. Although his passing left a deep hole in Tyson’s heart. Tyson shared D’ mato’s words about not caring about what other people think.

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Mike Tyson recently shared some words of wisdom from his mentor, Cus D’Amato, during his podcast. He revealed the word said by Cus to him. Mike quoted Cus, “If everybody in the world loves you, you’re not living your life”. This statement encourages people to be true to themselves and not worry about pleasing everyone else.

During the podcast, comedian Tommy Davidson also shared his thoughts on social media, comparing it to the stalls in a bathroom where anyone can read what is written. This highlights the need for individuals to be cautious about what they share online and to be mindful of how it may impact others.


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Davidson also shared his experience of growing up between black and white communities and the importance of being versatile and striving for happiness.

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He believes that his role as a comedian is to dispense happiness, emphasizing the value of spreading positivity and joy to others.

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Tommy Davidson then went ahead and compared him doing stand-up comedy with a surgeon performing open-heart surgery. He said, “You know, like the surgeons, they do open-heart surgeries?”.

Davidson then said that while doing stand-up, one does not need to even cut open someone. He implied that comedy is able to open the hearts and minds of people with words alone. During the podcast, Tommy Davidson even shared the story of him being scared of Sugar Ray Leonard.

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Davidson called his ability to light up the room a gift. Davidson claimed, “If I’m in the room, I’m going to raise the room and that’s my gift”.


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Mike Tyson agreed with Davidson’s words and called it a “God-gifted talent”.


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He then acknowledged the difficulty of making others laugh, especially doing so on a stage. Tyson claimed that he would not be able to do so if he was alone without his wife’s support.

What do you think of Mike’s advice to comedian Tommy Davidson about authenticity? Let us know in the comments



Chirag Radhyan

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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has authored over 300 articles and loves to talk about the animosity between athletes, leading up to a fight. His coverage of the off-court drama between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury received widespread appreciation from readers.

Edited By: Arijit Saha