Mike Tyson sparks huge brawl with AEW legend Chris Jericho and makes challenge

Mike Tyson made a huge impact on All Elite Wrestling as tensions with Chris Jericho hit boiling point.

The Baddest Man On The Planet made his debut for the rising promotion over the weekend at the Double Or Nothing pay-per-view, but it’s his second appearance on last night’s episode of Dynamite which will get everyone talking.

Iron Mike and his crew – including including UFC stars Henry Cejudo and Rashad Evans, and MMA legend Vitor Belfort – made their way to the ring to face off with Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle at the end of last night’s show.

The former AEW Champion channel warned the boxing legend: ‘I’m gonna say this to you once Tyson – shut your mouth when I’m talking to you. Huh, you understand me?

‘I have been dreaming of this moment for 10 years. You turned on me. You looked me in the eye and said I could trust you. You turned on me, and you knocked on me out.’


Jericho was referring to the pair’s infamous clash in WWE a decade ago, and Tyson said the star deserved the beating.

The wrestler gave the boxer one chance to apologise for what he did, but it’s safe to say things didn’t go to plan.

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Tyson Fury issues warning to Anthony Joshua over Kubrat Pulev fight

Tyson Fury insists he is eager to take on Anthony Joshua in a unification fight but has warned his heavyweight rival that neither of them can afford to slip up in their upcoming bouts.

Despite talks of step-aside offers to facilitate a hotly-anticipated, all-British unification clash, Fury is still contracted to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time while AJ is due to take on Kubrat Pulev.

Fury says his focus is still firmly on beating Wilder and has stressed that neither he, nor Joshua, can take their eye of the ball if they want to set up a unification fight in 2021.

‘If I get knocked out by Deontay Wilder, then it won’t be on, will it,’ Fury told Sky Sports.

‘It will be another fight with Wilder and so forth and so on. If he loses to Pulev, so close, but so far away.

‘In heavyweight boxing, you can never count your chickens before they hatch, so one fight at a time. One victory at a time.

‘All going well, god willing, we get on the big fight with me and Joshua, the all-British showdown and I can give the fans what they want to see, especially the British fans.

‘It will be the biggest fight since I believe Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno. It was a while ago, Cardiff Arms Park.’

Joshua was recently asked about Fury on Instagram Live, saying: ‘You know what? There will be even bigger [fights in my career] because I’m not going anywhere.

‘I’m here to make history. I’m hungry, I’m fired up, Fury’s just another opponent at the end of the day.

‘It’s going to be big for everyone else but I’ve got to keep myself together and I look at Fury like he’s just another fighter.’

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Mike Tyson shows off his hand speed and ripped physique in new video

Mike Tyson shows off his hand speed and ripped physique in new video as he gears up for a return to the ring aged 53… two days after 48-year-old Shannon Briggs claimed he’d agreed a fight with the heavyweight legend

  • Mike Tyson has been training hard ahead of a potential comeback fight this year
  • The 53-year-old legend showed off his speed and power in a new video for Weibo
  • Tyson shadow boxes shirtless and says he there’s a possibility he could return
  • Shannon Briggs has claimed that he has agreed a deal to take on Tyson next
  • The Baddest Man on the Planet had been expected to face Evander Holyfield 

Mike Tyson has given fans another glimpse of his trademark power and speed as he continues to work towards a sensational comeback fight.

The 53-year-old has been training hard ahead of a controversial return to the ring, with a trilogy fight against old foe Evander Holyfield seemingly on the cards.

But after Shannon Briggs claimed that he had agreed to take on Tyson ahead of Holyfield, the Baddest Man on the Planet posted an update to social media.  

Mike Tyson shows off his hand speed in a new video posted to Chinese social media site Weibo

The 53-year-old looked in good shape as he shadow boxed outside wearing just a pair of jeans

Tyson has been training hard ahead of a return to the ring. He hung up his gloves back in 2005

Launching his own page on Chinese microblogging site Weibo with a video, Tyson told fans that: ‘there’s a possibility I might come back’.

Wearing just a pair of jeans and no top, the American then proceeds to shadow box, showing off the speed which once made him the most feared man in boxing.

In the short clip, Tyson throws a series of jabs, hooks and uppercuts, teasing the sort of punches we could see again if a fight with Briggs is made official.

On Tuesday, the 48-year-old claimed that he had spoken directly with Tyson to agree a heavyweight showdown in the near future.

Tyson covers his face in the clip, which was used to launch the legend’s own Weibo channel

The veteran throws a series of upppercuts, demonstrating his trademark hand speed

Tyson continues to tease fans about a comeback and says there’s a ‘possibility’ he could return

He said: ‘I just talked to Mike Tyson, it’s going down, me and Mike, we’re going to make it happen, it’s official, you’re going to see it happen, Brownsville versus Brownsville.

‘Me and Tyson are going to lace up the gloves, we’re going to rumble, rumble in the jungle. We’re going to let our fist do the talking.’

He says the fight against Tyson will be an exhibition with the two KO artists going toe-to-toe.

Tyson is yet to comment on a fight with Briggs, but in the video he promises to ‘fight with the spirit of Mao’ – the founding father of the People’s Republic of China – if he does make a return to the ring.

At the end of the clip, the 53-year-old gives his dog a hug and a kiss after having his shadow boxing session interrupted.

Shannon Briggs has announced that he will be the man to face Tyson in his comeback fight

 The former world heavyweight champion was interrupted by his dog at the end of the video

Tyson smiles as he talks to his fans in China ahead of a potential return to the ring this year

Last weekend, Holyfield said his team were in talks with Tyson’s and he was confident over an agreement being reached, though no deal had been struck.

Tyson suffered back-to-back losses to Holyfield and infamously bit off part of his opponent’s ear during their second fight in 1997, leading to him being disqualified. 

Both men have recently posted workout videos showing off their physical prowess and Tyson has wowed fans with his famous power on the pads, though many from the boxing world are discouraging him from lacing his gloves up again over fears of serious injury.

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Haye claims Mike Tyson is NOT among greatest heavyweights amid Holyfield talks

David Haye does not rank Mike Tyson among the greatest heavyweights in history as talk of the American returning to the ring to face former nemesis Evander Holyfield hots up.

Talks have begun between the pair – who have both posted training videos ahead of a potential trilogy fight – over a bout, despite the duo being in their 50s.

The news has captured the imagination of boxing fans – many of whom consider the former heavyweight kings to be among the greatest to have ever lived – but Haye admitted he wouldn’t put Tyson in his all-time top five.

‘I think that particular Mike Tyson had a chance to beat anyone. But I would have liked to see that Tyson we saw that night [in 1988, defeating Michael Spinks in 91 seconds] be pushed in rounds six, seven and eight where he had to go soul searching,’ Haye told BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘I don’t know whether he could have turned it around then because we never really saw it. The only time we saw it when he really needed to was against Buster Douglas and he didn’t.

‘How many fights did he really have when he was behind on points? Where he got put down, hurt, and came back? That’s the question.


‘If he fights [Muhammad] Ali, hits him in the first round and has him on the ropes and finishes him off – okay, he can beat Ali.

‘But if Ali boxes his head off, gets him tired, ties him up, taunts him, gets him missing, makes him pay – does Tyson have the mental capacity and the mental fortitude to get through that problem? I haven’t seen him get through many problems. Ever.

‘There was never a fight I can remember where Tyson was having to bring it back around. The moment he started to lose or it started to get tough, it seemed to go the other way. Buster Douglas, Holyfield twice, even Danny Williams.

‘Obviously that’s way down the line when he’s completely washed up but so was Danny Williams at the time. No one gave him a chance.

‘Many fighters – Holyfield, Lennox Lewis – they’ve all had tough fights where they’ve been on the brink of losing and found a way to win. I’ve never seen that happen with Tyson. That’s how I see it.

‘I find it hard to say someone is in the top-five of all time if they’ve never had a fight they were losing that they came back to win.

‘You can’t just be an on-top fighter, win all the fights you’ve won and never really suffer punishment and pain and come back and find a way to win. That’s the way I see it.’

Haye does believe, however, that things could have been very different for Tyson and he could have been the greatest heavyweight of all time.

‘If he’s 21 there, he’s a baby in boxing terms. He was only going to get better.

‘But what happened was he peaked at 21 and didn’t get any better. In fact he got worse. He did less training, less sparring, had less discipline. He got worse and worse until he lost.

‘The version of Tyson that lost to Buster Douglas was a significantly worse fighter than the one that went in with Spinks.

‘If he wouldn’t have fell off, if he’d had people looking after him, investing his money, looking out for him – he could have been No. 1 without a doubt.’

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Whyte warns legends Tyson and Holyfield against professional comeback

‘You’re in your 50s now, just relax… don’t try to get back in the ring’: Dillian Whyte warns legends Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield against professional comeback

  • Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield have been working towards boxing comeback 
  • Both heavyweight legends are in their fifties but are threatening to return  
  • Tyson has impressed fans by posting clips of his impressive power on the pads 
  • Dillian Whyte is concerned and thinks there’s a real chance they’ll get hurt  

Dillian Whyte has cautioned Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield against making professional returns to the ring, warning the former world heavyweight champions that doing so could result in serious injury.

The pair have both released videos of themselves training recently and speculation is mounting that they could fight for a third time, almost a quarter of a century on from Tyson biting Holyfield’s ear in their famous rematch.

While they are regarded as two of the finest heavyweights of their, or any, era, and broke several records between them, Tyson is now 53 while Holyfield is four years older.

Dillian Whyte has urged both Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield to stay retired 

Tyson has been posting videos of his training footage on Instagram and is keen on a comeback

Whyte can see why an exhibition match might be arranged but the Londoner argued anything further between two men who have not fought for several years would be a step too far.

Whyte said: ‘There’s so many different thoughts and ways to think about this.

‘If they want to do something for charity in an exhibition match, that’s fine. But as long as they keep it like that and don’t try to get back in the professional ring.

‘Because what it does, it diminishes all of their hard work they’ve done over the years. 

‘It’s like ‘you’re in your fifties now, just relax, enjoy your success and enjoy your retirement’. They might get hurt, you know?’

Boxing is littered with examples of fighters coming back into the paid ranks after retiring but Whyte does not plan on adding to that number, insisting he will listen to those close to him if told to hang up his gloves.

Whyte, the mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight title currently held by British rival Tyson Fury, said: ‘I have a plan to get out at a certain age and not look back.

‘That’s my plan and I’ve got people around me who if I ever try to go on too long, they’ll tell me straight and I’ll just walk away. 

‘If those people aren’t around me, I wouldn’t box anymore.’

Tyson could have an exhibition fight but Whyte is concerned about his health 

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Mike Tyson shows off incredible power and lightening speed in new training video

Legendary boxer Mike Tyson has announced that he’s ‘back’ with the release of incredible new training footage that shows he’s lost little of the speed or power from his heyday.

The 53-year-old retired 15 years ago but he’s made the most of the lockdown period by getting his gloves back on and training with MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro.

The former Heavyweight Champion plans on returning to the ring for exhibition bouts but there’s been no official announcement about potential opponents nor a time frame on any return.

Nevertheless, any suggestion that Tyson isn’t taking a return seriously have been put to bed with his latest training video.

The Brookyln-born fighter proclaims ‘I’m back’ at the end of the footage.

Speaking to TI on Instagram earlier this month, Tyson detailed his new training regime and said he was in ‘pain’.

‘I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week. That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts,’ said Tyson.

‘I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring, I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape.

‘I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff.

‘Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf****** like me.

‘I do two hours on cardio, I do the bike and the treadmill for an hour, then I do some light weights, 300, 250 reps.

‘Then I start my day with the boxing thing, I go in there and hit the mits, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition.‘I’m start to put those combinations together. I’m in pain, I feel like three guys kicked the s*** out of me.’

Though Tyson is aiming for exhibition bouts, there has been some talk of a return to professional boxing.

Frank Warren dismissed that speculation in his Metro.co.uk column this week but Cordeiro says Tyson is open to all avenues.

What I can tell you is that if he wants to do something in the future he’ll be ready for that 100 per cent,’ Cordeiro said in an interview with ESPN.

‘Boxing, for sure, if he wants to come back to boxing, give him six months he could come back and fight against anyone. I’ll put my word to that, it’s not a joke.

‘You guys can see on the mitts, that was the first mitts [session]. Can you imagine after three weeks? The guy is a great student.’

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Tyson Fury's promoter sends message to Deontay Wilder over Anthony Joshua talks

Tyson Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that talks to host a heavyweight unification fight between the Gypsy King and Anthony Joshua have taken place, while he has urged all parties to behave like ‘adults’ to find a solution.

Fury was due to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time this summer, while AJ was contracted to fight Kubrat Pulev, but the coronavirus crisis has seen both fights postponed with suggestions that a unification fight later in the year will now take precedence.

In order for that to happen, both Wilder and Pulev will need to accept step-aside offers but the American appears reluctant to do so and Arum has urged Wilder and co-manager Al Haymon to ‘cooperate’ for the good of the sport.

Asked about the chances of Fury fighting again in October, Arum told Seconds Out: ‘Not confident at all. Again, I’m not Dr. Fauci, our medical expert in the United States, I don’t have any medical background, so I have no idea when we will be able to do these fights with spectators.

‘October seems to me to be a little optimistic. Is it possible? Yes. But if let’s say we learn you can’t do it in October but November and December is possible, then Top Rank and ESPN and Fox would come together and choose an alternate date.

‘In other words, we are now in an era of a lot of uncertainty which is not the usual uncertainty that you have in boxing with promoters and fighters scheming for an advantage. This is an uncertainty based on forces beyond our control.

‘So we all have to be adults and we have to work together to get solutions. Now we know that our colleagues at MTK, that great organisation that does fights around the world and is headquartered in the Middle East, is now working with the Saudis as far as doing a – maybe next year, maybe later this year – Joshua-Fury fight, which they want to do.

‘And also MTK tells us that they’re getting offers from other Middle East places, like Qatar, the Emirates, so a lot of things are going to open up. How soon they open up and in which way they’re going to open up, we’ll have to see.

‘But rest assured it’s going to require the cooperation of all the promoters, whether it’s Frank Warren, Eddie Hearn, Al Haymon and ourselves, working together in fairness, like colleagues, to get all of this done and up and running.

‘But I now sort of have the gut feeling that all of us are willing to work together, at least in the foreseeable future, to get these events happening.’

Asked to elaborate on what talks have taken place, Arum added: ‘I know that Eddie had talks with the Saudis, with the Prince there, because he actually promoted a fight in Saudi Arabia with the Joshua-Ruiz fight.

‘And I know that Eddie works closely with MTK, as does Frank, as do we. And I think we’re all very confident having MTK handle the negotiations on behalf of all of us and all of our fighters to see what the best proposal is for doing that fight and other fights.’

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Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury talks begin over fight in Saudi Arabia

Talks have begun over a unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia, according to reports.

Fury won the WBC heavyweight title by beating Deontay Wilder in seven rounds in Las Vegas in February, while Joshua reclaimed his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO belts in December when he convincingly beat Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch.

Fury is scheduled to fight Wilder for a third time as the Bronze Bomber has already said that he wants to invoke his rematch clause.

But according to ESPN, Fury’s management team, MTK Global, are now in negotiations over a blockbuster fight with Joshua and are awaiting an offer from Saudi Arabia to host the event.

The report claims that the offer from Saudi Arabia will need to be large enough to cover Wilder’s step-aside payment.

However, Wilder’s team are adamant that a third fight between Fury and the Bronze Bomber will go ahead.

‘As far as we’re concerned, the next fight [for Wilder] is the third fight [with Fury],’ Wilder’s advisor, Shelly Finkel, told ESPN.

Meanwhile, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, is uncertain if it is possible to stage the unification fight this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

‘The conversations between myself and MTK are that we’ve had an approach,’ said Hearn.

‘We’ve had a number of approaches from territories to stage that fight.

‘So the only discussions at the moment are where this fight takes place, and we don’t even know when this fight could take place.

‘We’re certainly open to have discussions about the possibility of this happening this year or in the next fight.

‘There’s more chance at the moment that the bigger money could come next year because we don’t even know if we can do live crowds in November, December.’

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Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua could be pushed forward, claims Bob Arum

Tyson Fury’s Battle of Britain against Anthony Joshua could be pushed forward because of the US-UK travel ban, claims promoter Bob Arum as he insists ‘everything is possible’

  • Tyson Fury is due to fight Deontay Wilder again in Las Vegas later this year
  • There is uncertainty about the US-UK travel ban amid the coronavirus crisis
  • Bob Arum says Fury’s all-British clash with Anthony Joshua could benefit
  • Joshua’s title defence against Kubrat Pulev in June has been postponed  
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Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could fight sooner than expected because of travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus crisis, promoter Bob Arum has claimed.

The Gypsy King was due to face Deontay Wilder for the third time this summer, but that showdown is now unlikely to take place until November or December.

Joshua, meanwhile, has had his June title defence against Kubrat Pulev postponed and there is still no date for the pair to meet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Tyson Fury celebrates after beating Deontay Wilder in their Las Vegas rematch in February

A huge Battle of Britain between Fury and Joshua had been expected to take place at some point in 2021, but Arum admits that ‘everything is possible’ in such uncertain times.

At present, a travel ban between the UK and the US means Fury is unable to travel to Las Vegas to face Wilder, and the Bronze Bomber cannot fly across the pond for a trilogy fight in London or Manchester.

‘With or without audiences, we can’t do [the third fight] while Fury can’t get back into the United States due to the travel ban. Wilder couldn’t get into England either,’ Fury’s US-based promoter, Arum, told Sky Sports. 

Anthony Joshua could become a more realistic option for Fury because of the travel ban

Asked whether those restrictions could result in a fight between Fury and Joshua instead, Arum said: ‘Everything is possible.

‘We are all operating in territory where nobody has experience. I’m 88 but I’ve never had the experience to deal with this. We’re feeling our way.

‘But everything is possible and nothing is off the table. We have to sit and discuss this, to figure out how to move into the future.

‘I can’t predict when Fury vs Wilder will take place or if it will happen.

‘Everybody in the UK wants to see the two Brits fighting, Fury and Joshua. When can that happen? I don’t know.’ 

Fury’s US promoter, Bob Arum, says ‘everything is possible’ when it comes to arranging fights

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How Mike Tyson became the youngest world heavyweight champion ever

A ferocious raw puncher honed by a legendary trainer who took him from a street scrapper in Brooklyn to the most feared man on the planet: How Mike Tyson became the youngest ever heavyweight champion at 20 – a record he still holds 34 years later

  • Mike Tyson became WBC heavyweight champion aged 20 in 1986
  • His knockout of Trevor Berbick was his 26th in 28th professional fights
  • Tyson was trained by the legendary Cus D’Amato, who was his legal guardian
  • D’Amato died just over a year before Tyson won his first world title 

Now aged 53, Mike Tyson is best known by modern audiences for his controversial quotes, eccentric behaviour and movie appearances.

His prowess in the ring will forever be tarnished by his conviction for rape in 1992, and to a lesser extent his disgraceful biting off of a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the ring in 1997, before his career fizzled out with a string of defeats in the early 2000s.

But long before any of that, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson took the world by storm as he punched his way to a world heavyweight title aged just 20 – the youngest fighter to do so in a record that still stands to this day.

Mike Tyson (left) lands a punch on Jose Ribalta in Atlantic City in August 1986

November 22, 1986. Jamaican-Canadian fighter Trevor Berbick – who defeated an ageing Muhammad Ali in 1981 – faces Tyson at the Las Vegas Hilton in the first defence of his WBC title won in March of that year. 

The fight was billed as ‘Judgment Day’, the night when we would find out if the most exciting heavyweight prospect since Ali had what it took to win a world title. He did – and with the frightening ease that had marked his career to that date. Tyson won via TKO in the second round, Berbick failing to get up from his second knockdown. 

The manner of the victory would have come as no surprise to anyone who had been following Tyson’s career. This was his 28th fight and victory in just 20 months as a professional fighter, and the 26th that had come via knockout. The first 16 of those knockouts had come in the first round, so the beleaguered Berbick had actually fared better than most.  

Tyson goes on the attack against Trevor Berbick on his way to winning the WBC title

Berbick lays on the canvas after Tyson clinches a second-round TKO victory in Las Vegas

Tyson’s reputation as a brutal knockout specialist was forged away from the cameras in a pre-internet era, with his first televised bout not coming until February 1986 as he took on journeyman Jesse Ferguson in New York – and live on ABC.

The victory was relatively tame by Tyson’s standards – breaking Ferguson’s nose in the fifth round before the fight was stopped in the sixth – but his next ABC appearance would see him announce himself with a bang. 

Taking on Marvis Frazier, a former world title challenger and his toughest opponent to date on paper, Tyson steamed in from the first bell, knocking out Frazier after just 38 seconds in America’s first live showing of his scary power.  

As brief as the fight was, footage clearly demonstrates the ‘peek-a-boo’ style that Tyson used. The style was developed by his trainer and mentor Cus D’Amato, who had died in November 1985 from pneumonia aged 77.

Though D’Amato would not live to see Tyson become world champion, it was his nurturing that had guided the young heavyweight to the cusp of glory.

The pair first met when Tyson was ’12 or 13′, after being introduced by former boxer and trainer Bobby Stewart, a juvenile counsellor who had seen Tyson’s potential. 

Growing up in deprived areas around Brooklyn, New York, Tyson never met his biological father, who was from Jamaica, and the man he knew as his father left his mother and her three children around the time he was born. 

Tyson had already been arrested 38 times by the age of 13, and was regularly getting into fights at school – where he would drop out – and on the streets. He began to rise through the junior and amateur ranks in his teens with D’Amato, who had been training fighters since the 1930s, honing Tyson’s natural ability at his Catskill Boxing Club in New York.

When Tyson’s mother died aged 16, D’Amato – who had become a father figure for the troubled youngster – became his legal guardian.  

Tyson was trained and mentored by Cus D’Amato – speaking here in 1980

Using the peek-a-boo style – with his hands in front of face, elbows tucked in and counter-punching from a crouching position – Tyson would win gold at the 1981 and 1982 junior Olympics.

He was also trained at Catskill by D’Amato’s protege Kevin Rooney, who would take over his training full-time when D’Amato died, and occasionally by Teddy Atlas – now a well-known boxing commentator and pundit. 

Remarkably, when Tyson became the youngest ever heavyweight world champion, he broke a record held since 1956 by Floyd Patterson – also trained by D’Amato.

With such a mentor gone then, it is no wonder that Tyson has attributed many of his problems later in life to the death of D’Amato. While Rooney was a brilliant trainer, he could not replace what D’Amato did for Tyson outside of the ring.   

The crowd watch on as a teenage Tyson faces Sammy Scaff in New York in December 1985

Tyson says he developed his ferocious ability through D’Amato telling him to ‘punch with bad intentions’ and ‘through your opponent, not at him’, and admits he was ‘petrified’ of the Italian-American – something which he could not say of anyone else in the world.   

Writing in his 2017 book Iron Ambition: My Life with Cus D’Amato, Tyson explained: ‘I was petrified when I was alone with him… (and) I knew I could get embarrassed in front of everyone if I spoke out of line. So I learned rather fast not to say anything while he was taking unless he invited me to.’

He added: ‘When he was happy, talking, laughing with the press, I knew that at any moment s*** could happen… people see the public celebrations of my sensational knockouts but they don’t hear Cus talking to me alone after the fight! … I soon learned to walk on eggshells when I was around Cus.’

Tyson would add the WBA title in his next bout after beating Berbick in March 1987, before becoming IBF champion later that year.

He became the undisputed world champion in 1988, adding The Ring and the lineal titles to his collection after knocking out Michael Spinks in the first round.

Tyson would remain undisputed champion for two years before his shock defeat by Buster Douglas in February 1990.

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