Mike Tyson Says His Mother’s Death Was ‘One Of The Best Things That Ever Happened To Me’

Mike Tyson attends Migos Big Game Weekend at WTR Pool and Grill

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  • Mike Tyson said his mother’s death was “one of the best things that ever happened to me.”

  • Lorna died when Tyson was 16 and is said to have “babysited” him.

  • “I would never get into a street fight,” he said in a podcast last month.

Mike Tyson‘s mother, Lorna, died when the famous boxer was 16 years old, and he recently said her passing was “one of the best things that ever happened to him”.

According to Tyson, she would have “babysited” him. But instead, he got involved in street fights and learned to stand up for himself, he said the Shay Shay Club podcastlast month.

“I would never get into a street fight,” Tyson said. “I would never learn to stand up for myself.”

Tyson developed so quickly as a boxer in the 1980s that he became the youngest heavyweight champion in the world boxing history when he defeated Trevor Berbick to win the title at the age of 20. It is a record that has been preserved ever since.

Mike Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in the second round to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.

Mike Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in the second round to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.Photo by Getty Images

Tyson went on to compete in numerous major boxing events, including fights against Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, before retiring after consecutive defeats to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride in 2004 and 2005.

About the relationship he had with his mother, Tyson said, “I never saw my mother happy with me and proud of me for doing something.

“She only knew me as a wild kid running through the streets and coming home with new clothes that she knew I wasn’t paying for.

“I never had a chance to talk to her or know anything about her,” he said. “Professionally it has no effect, but it is emotionally and personally crushing.”

Tyson has been enjoying a renaissance in fame and money lately

Mike Tyson laughs onstage with Jimmy Fallon.

Mike Tyson laughs onstage with Jimmy Fallon.Photo by Getty Images

Tyson gained popularity into his 50s when he hosted the hit podcast Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, owns a cannabis empire that reportedly earns him over $500,000 a monthand participated in a boxing show against fellow Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. in the year 2020.

He made headlines again this year as: a man appeared to brandish a gun near Tyson at an LA club, but calmed down when the ex-boxing champion offered him a hug

And in April he was seen on video hitting an airline passenger apparently that bothered him.

Mike Tyson can be seen on video hitting a fellow passenger on the plane.

Mike Tyson can be seen on video hitting a fellow passenger on the plane.Photo by TMZ Sports

Weeks later he said: he shouldn’t be flying in “public planes” after the images went viral.

Tyson was rumored to return to the ring against YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul, but the creator will face Hasim Rahman Jr. on August 6.

Tyson remains linked with a prize fighter and could instead box his old rival Lennox Lewis. The Sun recently reported

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