Mike Tyson, the legendary ‘Iron Mike,’ is known for his fierce boxing career, but there’s a lesser-known facet of his life that reveals a surprising perspective.
While it’s common knowledge that Cus D’Amato adopted and trained Tyson into a world champion, there’s an intriguing and somewhat heartless statement Tyson made about his mother’s death that raises questions.
Now, after 41 years, ‘Iron Mike’ opens up about the real reason behind his seemingly cold-hearted remark regarding his mother, Lorna Smith.
In 1986, at the tender age of 20, ‘Kid Dynamite’ clinched the world heavyweight title by defeating Trevor Berbick.
Yet, his early life was marred by adversity, growing up on the tough streets of New York City.
Raised by a single mother, Tyson’s father was never a part of his life. But why would ‘the baddest man on the planet’ express relief about his mother’s passing?
In a recent episode of his podcast, ‘Hotboxin With Mike Tyson,’ the former champ and guest Grant Cardone delved into their upbringing and parental losses.
Tyson dropped a bombshell, saying, “Listen, I’m happy my mother died.” He underscored, “If she was still around, I’d be a different person, not a successful one.”
Tyson went on to explain that his mother would have coddled him if she were alive, preventing him from experiencing the harsh realities of life.
He firmly believes that this would have negatively impacted his journey. “She would baby me all the time, not let me get beat up and all that,” Tyson revealed.
He added that she would have broken his spirit and hurt his chances for success.
While Tyson’s mother’s death may have been a positive turning point in his boxing career, emotionally, it had a profound impact on him.
He admitted that she was never proud of him or his accomplishments. She only saw him as a wild child running the streets, coming home with new clothes she knew he hadn’t paid for.
It’s a revealing insight into the emotional and personal complexities of a fighter who, despite the odds, became one of the most iconic figures in the history of the sport.