To say that Mike Tyson has caused many journalists to run crying to the studio bathroom would be an understatement. Perhaps they even whimpered as they went. Mike Tyson is and was as tough as they come though. There is no doubt about that. Historically, he was a top boxer as well, but he seems to be getting even more honest as time moves on.

As it would turn out, he isn’t berating the journalists that ask him the tough questions anymore. He is now being honest about his emotions – specifically when he was boxing, and it definitely is raising a few eyebrows. He sat down with three-weight world champion Claressa Shields on the Hotboxin podcast and stated that he would cry before big bouts.

“It’s who I am. I’m pretty scared and being scared, I’m really just like ‘I’m gonna do something bad to this guy that his family’s not gonna like. Then I’m a be really guilty and feel really bad at the end, that’s how I fight.

I always cry before I fight, it’s just who I am. I’m getting ready to change into somebody I don’t like. He brought like, jealousy, envious, guilt, he brought a lot of stuff. No one ever put that together, that’s who I was, everything that was bad was that guy. Everything I remember from my past, my mother, my family, was that guy. He had a tough time cutting off, he’s my ego, he doesn’t want to go.” 

Judging by those statements, we now have an entirely different picture of the boxer we’ve seen over the years. I doubt that he will cry if the fight between he and Logan Paul occurs however, but you never know.

Domenic Marinelli

Domenic Marinelli is an author and freelance writer/journalist. Some of his work has appeared in The Sportster, E-Wrestling News, Pro Wrestling News Hub, The Recipe, babbletop.com, Guilty Eats, Par Ex News, CFL News Hub, Daily DDT, XFL News Hub, as well as other print and internet publications. He is the author of Generic V, Summer of the Great White Wolf, His Old Tapes (stories & poetry), and so many others. He lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He's an avid reader and loves hiking.

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