Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson’s biggest fear was killing someone in the ring

Former boxer's confidante reveals his pre-fight rituals to save his opponents during bouts

Throughout his career, Mike Tyson was most afraid of going too far in his professional bouts, as revealed by confidante and ex-bodyguard, Rudy Gonzalez.

Iron Mike, considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, reigned as champion from 1987 to 1990.

Despite a controversial life outside the ring, Tyson was respected, and feared, by all for his power and speed that saw him win his first 19 professional bouts by knockout.

Fear of going too far

In a recent interview, Rudy Gonzalez revealed some of the former champion’s pre-fight rituals to stop himself going too far inside the ring.

“One of the greatest secrets with Mike was that he needed to have sex in the dressing room before fights,” Gonzalez told the Sun.

“I would have to find a groupie, it did not matter who it was. He’d say, ‘if I do not get laid, I will kill this guy right now’.

“His biggest fear was that he would kill someone in that ring. He knew he could do it.”

Anxiety problems

Sex wasn’t the only thing that would happen pre-fight however. Tyson also suffered from anxiety, according to Gonzalez, and he would let all his emotions out.

“Mike used to break down in tears before fights,” Gonzalez continued. “He had an anxiety problem where he would be in despair with anxiety of not feeling good enough or not wanting to screw it up.”

Tyson vs Paul

What kind of a former professional boxer would you be if you weren’t rumoured to fight one of the two Paul brothers these days?

There has been plenty of speculation over a potential bout between the former heavyweight champion and Logan Paul, who recently fought Floyd Mayweather in an eight-round exhibition fight.

It seems as though, if fighting Mayweather wasn’t going too far, then Paul would truly cross the line fighting Tyson.

Speaking to Joe Rogan on his podcast, Snoop Dogg thinks Paul would be getting himself in too deep if he were to face Tyson.

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