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Mike Tyson reveals first fight happened due to a murdered pigeon

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Former champ Mike Tyson revealed he might not have graced a boxing right had it not been for a murdered pigeon, the former champ revealed.

Tyson had his first fight as a youngster when someone around his neighborhood decided to mess with his birds.

Speaking to The Pivot Podcast, “The Baddest Man on the Planet” explained the situation.

Mike Tyson first fight

“This guy killed my pigeon, and it was a wrap,” said Tyson. “That was the first fight ever in my life because of a pigeon.

“Then I just wanted more and more and more. I wanted to crush the world to my feet.

“I have a big deep hole in me. But I had to have everything – all of it. When I was a young kid, I was unbalanced. It was always everything or nothing.”

Learning the hard way in life, Tyson quickly became impervious to his surroundings before embarking on one of the most vicious runs ever seen by a heavyweight.

It culminated in Tyson becoming the youngest ever top division king.

“Sometimes when God wants to check you, he gives you everything you want,” said Tyson, “And I wasn’t ready to handle it.

“Life is a trip. It blows your mind. I’m a poor guy who never had anything. I have to touch the stove to find out that it’s hot.”

On what changed his path, Tyson added: “That was the best thing that ever happened to me, that my mother passed away, and forgive me for saying that.

“It really inspired me to accomplish my goals. I did a lot of what I did in my career for her.”


Tyson’s time in the sport faded out due to his wild ways, but he’s more than made up for that in the years since.

Mike remains one of the most important names in boxing when things could have been a lot different for him.

WBN Editor Phil has over ten years of boxing news experience. Follow WBN on Facebook @officialworldboxingnews and Twitter @worldboxingnews.