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Mike Tyson had a prison fight where inmates didn’t fear him like boxers did and was visited by rap superstar Tupac Shakur


As one of the best to ever step into a boxing ring, Mike Tyson has had every high that he can get on the ropes.

In November 1986, when he was just 20, he became the youngest heavyweight champion in the world by destroying Trevor Berbick – and it didn’t take long for him to get his hands on the undisputed crown.

Tyson knocked out Berbick to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history
Mike Tyson had a prison fight where inmates didn't fear him like boxers did and was visited by rap superstar Tupac Shakur
Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison in 1992, before being finally released three years later
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It is undeniable, however, that his career and his life have been littered with controversies and incidents that he would rather forget.

His trophy room may be littered with gold, but Tyson has battled several demons outside of the ring.

In 1992, he was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison for rape, which earned him early release in 1995.

“Iron Mike” has remained largely silent during his time behind bars, but in an interview last year rapper Fat Joe said he’s keeping to himself.

He said: “I treated anyone the way I wanted them to treat me. And that’s just how it was. They weren’t afraid of me. It all boiled down to respect.

However, although he largely stayed out of trouble, the hard-hitting former world heavyweight champion admitted he had a fight inside the Indiana Youth Center.

Mike Tyson had a prison fight where inmates didn't fear him like boxers did and was visited by rap superstar Tupac Shakur
Tyson’s world fell apart on him in 1992 when he was sent to jail
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“Just one time [I had to punch someone]”, he later revealed on” Hotboxin ‘with Mike Tyson “. “Someone said something and I just went over there and hit him.

“We were locked up for a long time and it was just something irritating and I went over there and hit him. We were locked up and couldn’t go to the gym.

“Someone was stabbed or something and we were locked up. I was just upset and miserable.

During his three-year stay, Tyson converted to Islam and began to work on himself as a person.

Despite his rehabilitation, the celebrity status he had earned earlier in his career remained and he was visited by musician Tupac Shakur while he was behind bars.

Tyson revealed on the ExpediTIously podcast, “The guards didn’t like him, the inmates got fussed and excited when he arrived, which is a safety concern. There was a flash of energy there.

“When he came in, everyone knew him, he had crazy respect. That’s how he lived his life, he had crazy respect.

Tyson was eventually released and set out to reclaim the titles he once proudly held, but his aura was largely gone. He dismissed the challenge of Peter McNeeley in his first fight, but then lost to fellow Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield – twice – and Lennox Lewis before retiring in 2005.

Mike Tyson had a prison fight where inmates didn't fear him like boxers did and was visited by rap superstar Tupac Shakur
Close friend Tupac Shakur visited Mike Tyson while in prison
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