KEY POINTS

  • Mike Tyson only had one fight inside the prison
  • Tyson revealed why he had to hit somebody while being locked down
  • Tupac Shakur got Tyson's inmates pumped up during a visit

Mike Tyson opened up about the only time he had to hit somebody inside the prison.

In 1991, when Tyson was at the peak of his career, he was arrested for the rape charges involving 18-year-old Desiree Washington. To this day, the legendary boxer still protests his innocence. Largely, society acknowledges the said act was  something Tyson never did. However, Tyson ended up serving three years of a six-year sentence before being released in 1995.

For a typical Tyson fan, it is very inevitable for “Iron Mike” to get himself in trouble in jail. But contrary to what many expected, Tyson only had one fight behind bars.

In an episode of his podcast “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,” the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet” admitted that he did in fact have one fight in prison and it was against an inmate. According to Tyson, they were locked down for a quite some time and he got irritated by an inmate who said something to him,” Boxing News and Views reported.

“Just one time (I had to put punch someone in prison). Somebody said something and I just went over there and hit him. We were locked down for a long time and it was just something that was irritable and I went over there and hit him,” Tyson recalled.

Tyson also noted that during that day, an inmate got stabbed and as a result, they were all locked down and not allowed to go to the gym.

“We were locked down. We couldn’t go to the gym. Somebody got stabbed or something and we were locked down. I was just upset and miserable,” Tyson added.

When in jail, Tyson was once visited by his celebrity friend and late hip-hop icon Tupac Amaru Shakur. And just recently, Tyson revealed that what happened during the said visit was something he would never forget.

Speaking to T.I. on his “ExpediTIously podcast,” the 53-year-old looked back at how the said Tupac visit in prison went down. According to Tyson, the famous rapper “was so animated and excited” upon seeing him – a scenery which the cops on duty at the time didn’t like much

Tyson tried to neutralize “Pac’s” energy and told him to "come down, get down from there.” However, Tupac was so impactful that he even got the other inmates “pumped up” by his presence.

"The guards didn't like him, the inmates got rowdy and pumped up when he came which is a safety concern," Tyson added.