Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson would KO five sparring partners in an hour so he didn’t miss Tom and Jerry

Iron Mike Tyson's former bodyguard has revealed just how lethal the former champion was during training sessions and his love for the cartoon Tom and Jerry

Mike Tyson’s former bodyguard has revealed the ring legend used to knockout his sparring partners as quickly as possible just to get home in time to watch Tom and Jerry.

Tyson was one of the most feared boxers during his prime and became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time when he won the WBC title at just 20-years-old.

‘Iron Mike’ had a successful career by becoming the undisputed titleholder but was also involved in controversies inside and outside of the ring.

He officially retired from the sport in 2005 after consecutive stoppage losses to journeyman Kevin McBridge and Danny Williams.

And his former bodyguard Rudy Gonzalez has revealed how Tyson used to breeze past his sparring partners in training.

Mike Tyson is one of the hardest-hitting heavyweights ever

Mike Tyson is one of the hardest-hitting heavyweights ever

“When we trained in Vegas his sparring sessions were from 12 to 5pm,” Gonzalez told Sun Sport.

“He would be the nicest guy beforehand asking the sparring partners: ‘How you doing today, how’s the family?’

“Then he would just knock out five guys all out so within an hour so there was nobody left. So one day I asked: ‘Boss I am confused, isn’t this about working on techniques?

“He replied: ‘If I keep it going we will miss Tom and Jerry cartoons.’”

Tyson returned to the boxing ring last year when he faced Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition bout and has been linked to fight again in February.

Gonzalez said other boxers in the gym used to be afraid of Tyson when they saw him hit heavy bags so hard they would break off the chains.

He continued: “I saw him punch the heavy bag so hard it broke a few times from the chains and the other boxers would just leave saying: ‘we are not f with you today. I do not care how much money you pay me,’

“Anyone who felt they were up for taking him on, he would hit them and they’d snap. Soon after they would pack their bags.”

Tyson was notorious for the ‘peek-a-boo’ style he implemented along with the help of his trainer Cus D’Amato during his career.

D’Amato passed away just one year before Tyson won the heavyweight title and Gonzalez has credited the trainer for creating a “boxing Frankenstein”.

“Mike was so disciplined. He would sit upstairs in the house studying boxing films for hours, seeing how different fighters moved and hit,” he continued.

“Cus was injecting him with centuries of training. The peek a boo technique it felt so clean and natural for him. Cus built a boxing Frankenstein.

“Cus would repeat over and over to Mike from the beginning, ‘Do you know you’re going to be heavyweight champion of the world someday?’

“If you say it enough times, you believe it. And if you believe it, then you’ll have no doubt.”

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