On the 25th anniversary of the Sportel Convention in Monaco Euronews caught up with arguably the most feared boxer of his generation – if not of all time – Mike Tyson.
‘Iron Mike’ was an undisputed World heavyweight champion and at 20 was the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF titles.
Known for his ferocious and intimidating peek-a-boo boxing style he enjoyed a record of 58 fights 50 wins, 44 by knockout.
Slimane Yacini was lucky enough to catch up with the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’
Euronews: Do You miss boxing?
Tyson: ‘‘For fighting, for anticipating…no!’‘
Euronews: What does it take to become a world champion?
Tyson: ‘‘My experience just took a lot of dedication and sacrifice. Everyone had different roads which they travelled to become champion, mine took a lot of sacrifice and a lot of consistency. It was about being very consistent.’‘
Euronews: What is the difference between boxing today and in your day?
Tyson: ‘‘My era was different, we had a lot of hungry fighters. They really dedicated their life to fighting, it was what they were going to do. They were not going to get a job, we were going to do this (fight), we were going to die (in order) to do this. This (boxing) was it.
‘‘Now people have so many different outlets. When I was fighting, if you were on welfare, you didn’t have a car or a television in your house. Now you are on welfare you have a car, you have got a TV, life is a lot easier now from when I was fighting.’‘
Euronews: After boxing why did you choose to work on the stage and screen?
Tyson: ‘‘I like entertaining people, that is just what i do, I want to be a performer. I will die performing for people. I am not going to do anything else. It’s all that I am ever going to do.
‘‘If I am not entertaining people I am going to be a bum. I am not going to do anything else. This is all I am going to do. It’s what I am born to do. Boxing is entertaining too, it is just that it is violent entertainment. But entertaining is just what I do and is what I am going to do.’‘
For even more from Mike Tyson don’t miss the next edition of The Global Conversation. The former heavyweight champion will be answering your questions when he meets euronews’ Isabelle Kumar. Watch it on air October 14 at 23:45 CET.