ANDl former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tysonhad a long and controversial career, so when asked by Stephen Fulton, Jr. on a recent episode of
ANDl former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tysonhad a long and controversial career, so when asked by Stephen Fulton, Jr. on a recent episode of Hotboxin’ With Mike Tysonwhat had been your hardest fighthad a couple of different responses, but the first one was blunt.
“Me,” Tyson said. “That has been my hardest fight all along“.
On the toughest fights he ever had inside a ring, Iron Mike remembered several of his toughest opponents as Donovan Ruddock, Lennox Lewis, and Evander Holyfieldalthough in Holyfield’s case he did not specify whether he was referring to their first fight in 1996, or their notorious 1997 rematch in which I bit a part of the ear of your opponent.
He went up to the ring drugged, and crushed his rival
Tyson remembered another fight that stands out in his memory, because it was the only one in which he participated smoking weedhis 2000 fight against Andrew Golotta.
“It didn’t last long,” I joked, referring to Golota retiring after the first round. “I thought, this guy isn’t worth training for… he’s an asshole.”
Tyson claimed he broke the eye socket and jaw of golottabut in reality, Golota suffered a fractured cheekbone and a concussion during the fight.
Tyson’s victory was ultimately overturned after he tested positive for drug use, but Golota decided to give up boxing for three years.
“I see some of my losses as my best fights too,” added Tyason, who called those losses part of a “learning process.”
“I didn’t take myself seriously. I guess that’s what humility is… I knew it wasn’t God, even though people told me it was,” Tyson concluded.