According to the former boxer history and record, Mike Tyson's head works in… let's just say, very unusual ways. The one to have owned three massive Bengal tigers (yes, one of them was showed in the first 'Hangover' movie) and a whole room full of exotic pigeons, Tyson is famous for his love for animals.View this post on Instagram
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In this scenario, however, Tyson was squared up and ready to punch a giant silverback gorilla in the face!
According to the British newspaper, 'The Sun', the 2011 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee had booked the entire New York zoo for a private tour for his then wife Robin Givens and himself in the late 1980's as a date.
Their 'us' time was however interrupted by a big silverback gorilla who was bullying all the other monkeys present in and around the alpha ape's cage.
“When we got to the gorilla cage there was one big silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas. They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant,” Tyson told The Sun. “I offered the attendant $10,000 (Rs. 7.1 lakh approx.) to open the cage and let (me) smash that silverback's snotbox! He declined.”
Rest assured that no animals were punched that day as the zookeeper refused to take Tyson's money or let him get inside the cage with the beast.
The 52-year-old is one of the iconic figures of boxing and was one of the pioneers of American boxing that made the sport so famous in the 80s.
Having won back-to-back golds at the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympics, Tyson won his first big fight against Trevor Berbick in 1986 for his first World Boxing Council (WBC) title.View this post on Instagram
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Tyson now owns a lavish villa in Las Vegas and a 40-acre cannabis ranch California, where he is rumoured to host a cannabis-friendly festival this week.