We’ve all seen it… the biting off Evander Holyfield’s ear, the wild TV interviews, the prison time, the whole nine yards.
The guy is a certified maniac. Or was, perhaps…
And according to his chauffer in the ’80s, Rudy Gonzalez, the man could’ve been a lot crazier in the ring, if it weren’t for one certain ritual he did before his fights…
And that was to have sex before the fight.
Gonzalez did an interview with the Sun, saying that Tyson would “bang the shit” out of random women before his fights.
“One of the greatest secrets with Mike was that he needed to have sex in the dressing room before fights.
He had to get laid to disengage some of the strength he had. So I had girls tucked away in bathrooms and changing rooms.
Mike would say, ‘If I don’t get laid, I will kill this guy right now.’ Sometimes he’d go in with them (the women) for a minute, bang the shit out of them, snap his neck and say: ‘OK, this guy is going to live tonight.’
His biggest fear was that he would kill someone in that ring. He knew he could do it.
It is no exaggeration to say Mike was like a train hitting these guys. Having sex was his way of disengaging that power and loosening up a bit.”
So what Gonzalez is saying, we were only getting about 70-80% of the psychopath Tyson really was in the ring?
I can’t imagine.
He further explained:
“He had an anxiety problem where he would be in despair with anxiety of not feeling good enough or not wanting to screw it up.
Mike had the fear that if he screwed this up, he would end up back in his old neighborhood or be locked up.”
Well I’m glad he’s found different ways to cope with that anxiety now, especially that toad venom he trips on nowadays.