5 years ago
Mike Tyson is the former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world and host of the “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson” podcast. http://www.miketyson.com/ http://www.hotboxinpodcast.com/
What is it like for you to watch boxing these days? It's just not in my life anymore. Do you don't watch it at all? Or did you watch Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder? I didn't watch it. I didn't watch it. Oh, it was a great fight. I was in the air flying when they were fighting. Oh, really? Yeah. Did you watch the highlights or anything? I saw some of the highlights, yes. How crazy is Deontay Wilder's power? Good stuff. Crazy, right? Because he's built so strange. Two out of nine pounds. How incredible is Tyson's chore? Incredible! Incredible! And gets up and wins the rest of the round. That's what's really incredible. It's amazing, amazing fight. Yeah. So you don't follow any of the tales? You know, that's part of my life. I got mixed feelings with that part of my life. Right, right, right. You know what I mean? A lot of stuff that I don't like about myself and stuff. I try to forget that stuff because I'm on a whole different... If I hadn't, yeah. So even watching other people box... I don't even watch nothing. I try to stay away as much as possible. So watching other people box makes you think about yourself when you were fighting. It reminds you of it. Kind of, yeah. Yeah. I always say these guys are so much nicer than I was. You know what I mean? These are cool guys, man. Yeah, right? Like who out... Yeah, there's no one out here today that's got that mean, vicious persona anymore. Yeah, these are nice guys. Yeah, when you were in the ring doing a post-fight interview saying you wanted to eat your children. You want to eat someone's children. I remember saying this is the craziest fucking post-fight interview. It was about Lennox Lewis, right? Yeah, he's a mad man. He went to the great. What's wrong with me? I'm just a mad man. It was amazing. It was amazing. For the story, for the time... I mean, look, what it was was when we saw Rocky III, right? And Mr. T was challenging, you know, Rocky. And he would say all that crazy shit about what he was going to do. My prediction, pain. That was beautiful, right? It was beautiful. What you did is you took that and just cranked it up to 11 and threw gasoline on it and lit it on fire. You just took that kind of ferocious shit talking. Yeah, I look at some of those press conferences in a long time. I don't know what I'm saying to you guys. I don't want to talk to anybody like that. You know, it's just such a different world now. My world is so different now. Do you feel when you watch that stuff that you feel almost like trapped by that past, like that you have to acknowledge it and you don't even acknowledge it anymore? Yeah, I feel that I'm almost a little bit like I don't want to be involved. I wish that never happened. Yeah, yeah. But kind of had to happen for you to be who you are now. Yeah, I know it's because people, this is the real reason, right Joe? People still, people love that guy. Yeah, yeah. And people love that. I didn't like that guy that much. So I have my conflicting with people that like that guy and me living my life that I am living now. Yeah. Well, people love that guy because that guy gave them a drug and that drug was excitement. Like you turn on the TV, like, oh shit, here we go. Michael Spinks, Mike Tyson, here we go. Boom. Oh, that's what people want. They wanted that excitement. They knew some crazy shit was about to go down. Unpredictable. You can't, you don't know. No one knows it's going to happen in a fight. Is it going to be a right or a left? Is he going to move right? Is he going to move left? How's it going to work out? You don't know. How long could Spinks last? You don't know. And everybody was excited and that was, that's what you brought people. You brought people this, this chaotic moment. You slapped down the money in the pay per view. You got out your popcorn and you waited for the rush, the rush of excitement. Those crazy days. Crazy days. Crazy. I mean, I hate to keep bringing your head back to that, but just for me as a kid growing up during that time, it was a big part of my, you know, my becoming an adult. It was during your era, your era of dominance. I always look at my kids and I think, why these guys are pretty much middle-class kids. They live their life, they do what they want, they go to college and everything. I would never want to put that pressure on my son that you have to be the total best. You have to dominate everybody. You're going to be the best to ever live with this. He's put that kind of pressure on him. That's incredible. I would never do that to them. Yeah, it would never work. Probably. I mean, I don't think a kid that grows up in a loving household with supportive parents. Yeah, you guys would box them for when you have nothing. When you do boxing, when you just had nothing because that's a lot of, that's a lot of dedication. That's a lot of pain. That's a lot of aggravation. I mean, really if discovering who you are.