Mike Tyson is arguably the greatest heavyweight boxer to have competed inside the ring. Tyson reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion from 1987 to 1990, winning his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round.
Tyson quickly earned a reputation as “The Baddest Man on the Planet,” claiming his first championship at 20 years, four months, and 22 days old, the youngest boxer ever to win a major heavyweight title.
But what made Mike Tyson so good?
Was it Tyson’s pure power, training regimen, technique, personality, raw talent?
In a recently article by The Sun, Tyson’s former bodyguard and chauffeur, Rudy Gonzalez revealed that “his ‘dark side’ along with the New Yorker’s raw talent and elite training from boxing legend Cus D’Amato made him unstoppable in the mid 80s.”
“One of the greatest secrets with Mike was that he needed to have sex in the dressing room before fights,” Gonzalez stated.
The former bodyguard, who has released a book title ‘The Inner Ring’ continued to recall some of the moments he had with Tyson backstage.
“I would have to find a groupie, it did not matter who it was. He’d say ‘if I do not get laid I will kill this guy right now.'”
Gonzalez’s book, which was released in 1995, is currently being developed into an animated movie.
“Mike had to get laid to disengage some of the strength he had,” Gonzalez said.
“So I had girls tucked away in bathrooms and changing rooms. Sometimes he’d go in with them for a minute, bang the s*** out of them, snap his neck and say: ‘Okay this guy is going to live tonight.’
“His biggest fear was that he would kill someone in that ring. He knew he could do it.”
Tyson, who is now 55-year-old, last competed in November 2020 when he went the distance with fellow famed-boxer Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition bout.