Heavyweight icon Mike Tyson has revealed what he considers to be the low point of his remarkable 56 fight professional career.
One could be forgiven for thinking Tyson named his shock defeat to Buster Douglas, his infamous disqualification against Evander Holyfield in the ‘Bite Fight’ or even being sent to jail in 1992 as the biggest downturn of his storied time in boxing.
However, when interviewed by Boxing News recently, Tyson gave a more philosophic answer, and claimed his low point was the very first time he walked into a boxing gym.
“My career low is just my first time getting involved in boxing. That’s my low, because I knew my life would never be the same.
I knew this is who I was, and this is what I was going to die trying to accomplish. That’s my low. Once boxing found me, I knew I was going to be the best ever, I just knew it”
Tyson was a polarising figure during his career, however has since mellowed and now spends his time hosting his podcast, Hotboxin’.
Despite still holding the record for the youngest heavyweight world champion in the history of the sport there is still a lingering view that somehow Tyson failed to fulfil his potential, due to the derailing of his career by a jail stint in the first half of the 1990s, which were still some of his prime years.
Tyson was last seen under the lights in an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr, and although he has no immediate plans to return, he hasn’t entirely ruled one last dance out.