Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison back in 1992 after being convicted of rape – but the sentence was later reduced to three years and he continues to protest his innocence
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Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has revealed that while he was in prison he was visited by A-list celebrities including Tupac Shakur, whose visit was well received by inmates.
Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of rape in 1992. However, the American was released from prison in 1995 and continued his boxing career until retiring in 2005 with a record of 50-6-2.
And following his time in prison, Tyson – who became the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles – has now revealed the star-studded list of celebrities who have visited while he was incarcerated for just under three years.
Appearing on REVOLT’s Drink Champs, Tyson spoke to NORE and DJ EFN, with a teaser clip posted online for the full interview, with the 55-year-old revealing the exclusive list. He also spoke about the respect inmates had for the late rapper Tupac when the icon came to visit.
“They respected[Tupac Shakur]as soon as he walked in the room they started applauding,” Tyson said. “When I was locked up, I had such an influx of visitors.
“I had everyone – BB King, James Brown, Whitney Houston, everyone came. Florence Henderson, I can’t even name more, so many people came to see me while I was away.”
Tyson was known for his thundering power throughout his heavyweight career, having racked up 44 knockouts in his 50 pro wins. He has been heavily linked with yet another return to the boxing ring, having remained in form since his 2020 exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr.
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‘Iron Mike’ was seen working the pads during a recent training clip before meeting trainer Rafael Cordeiro who busted his lip. Cordeiro laughed despite being injured by the legendary heavyweight.
Tyson was called out to an exhibition bout by both Logan and Jake Paul. Meanwhile, a trailer for an upcoming Tyson biopic has also been released on Hulu.
The eight-part series follows the legendary boxer’s turbulent career and eventful life story, from fame to biting Evander Holyfield’s ear.