WATCH: Eminem left speechless after learning childhood hero Mike Tyson was scared to fight

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson tells Eminem what he felt before a big fight to Eminem. This revelation surprised the famed rapper.


WATCH: Eminem left speechless after learning childhood hero Mike Tyson was scared to fight

Mike Tyson and Eminem (image credit- IMAGO)

Mike Tyson is a former professional boxer and one of the most legendary figures in the sport’s history. In 1986, at the age of 20, Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history by defeating Trevor Berbick. Several years after his retirement, the famous rapper Eminem asked Tyson about his fighting days on the Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast.

Subsequently, Mike Tyson dominated in the heavyweight division during the late 1980s and had a successful career. Tyson’s nickname, “Iron Mike,” was fitting for his ferocious and intimidating style. During an episode of Tyson’s podcast, Eminem asked Tyson if he felt nervous before any of his big fights. Hence, Tyson stated:

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I’m not nervous, I’m scared, because I am a scary guy. Because I've been picked up my entire life. I’ve been abused my entire life.
Mike Tyson to Eminem

Tyson revealed to Eminem that he would never be anxious or nervous before a fight but would feel scared. However, Tyson would not feel scared of himself but rather of his opponent, whom he was going to fight. This was mostly because Tyson had a rough childhood and upbringing, making him dangerous.

Furthermore, Tyson stated that living under such harsh circumstances makes a person want to protect themselves. Subsequently, it can also make a person sadistic, and Tyson believed he was sadistic, which made him scared of his opponents.

Mike Tyson fought Peter McNeeley after being released from prision

Tyson participated in several historic and high-profile bouts, including victories over Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks, and Frank Bruno. Outside the ring, Tyson faced legal issues, including a 1992 conviction for rape that led to his imprisonment.

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Mike Tyson, Eminem
Mike Tyson (image credit- People)

Subsequently, Tyson fought against Peter McNeeley, which was Tyson’s return to professional boxing after serving a prison sentence. Furthermore, the bout took place on August 19, 1995, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. McNeeley was an American heavyweight and had a record of 36 wins with 30 KOs and one loss before facing Tyson.

Tyson came out aggressively from the opening bell, and McNeeley quickly found himself overwhelmed. McNeeley’s corner threw in the towel just 89 seconds into the first round, leading to a disqualification victory for Tyson.

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