As Mike Tyson turns 57, regardless of the twists and turns his life journey has taken, he is still regarded as one of the greatest sporting figures in the world. The world boxing legend, known as “Iron Mike,” is a truly fearsome name, with devastating punches.
Many people are willing to pay thousands of dollars to witness Tyson “destroy” – perhaps that’s the only fitting description – his opponents in just 30 seconds. It is an incredible sight to behold.
During his peak, Tyson had everything he wanted and couldn’t be denied anything. He was the king of the world. Tyson believed he had all the power and the world at his feet.
Alongside fame came money and women, but also vices and deceitful friends. In addition to the nickname “Iron Mike,” Tyson was also associated with the moniker “The Baddest Man on the Planet.” Throughout his childhood, Tyson lived in and around neighborhoods with high crime rates. According to a detailed interview, his first fight was with an older kid who had pulled the head off one of Tyson’s pigeons.
Tyson was arrested multiple times for petty crimes and fighting with those who dared to mock his voice and lisp. At the age of 13, Tyson had been arrested 38 times.
In 1992, Tyson was imprisoned after being accused of raping Desiree Washington, a contestant in the Miss Black America pageant. Tyson denied the charges but was sentenced to 10 years, with 6 years in prison and 4 years of probation. However, due to good behavior, he served only 3 years. Tyson was released in 1995.
His time in prison was the best years of his life.
June holds both joyful and sorrowful memories for Tyson. Prior to his birthday on June 27, 1988, Tyson defended his unified heavyweight championship title and won by a brutal first-round knockout against Michael Spinks in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On June 28, 1997, there was the infamous ear-biting incident with Evander Holyfield…
Tyson reached the pinnacle of his career before his imprisonment. For many, those 3 years were undoubtedly challenging for Tyson, but the reality was quite the opposite. It seems he had a surprisingly wonderful time during that period.
Tyson had an interview with “The Pivot Podcast” where he shared many things. In the interview, Tyson appeared calm and composed when discussing sensitive topics like his time in prison. Tyson said, “I had the best three years of my life in prison. I found peace. Money doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have peace, stability, and balance. You need your sobriety to navigate through any part of life.”
“I had good food, and everyone treated me well. They treated me well. I would run around the yard for 8 or 9 miles, and in the evening, I would jump rope for four hours in the cell. Everyone treated me well there; they were afraid of me, but I was always a good person.”
The American legend also had a message for his fans: “I want everyone to know that living is being ready to die. I believe that once you’re ready to die, that’s when you start living. There’s more than just us out there. You have to kill your ego to truly appreciate life. The ego is good, but it’s not life. Use it for soccer, boxing, or whatever, but live a life without it.”