Mike Tyson has opened up on the bizarre feeling stepping into the ring and boxing used to do to him during his devastating reign of terror.
As the 54-year-old prepares to step back into the ring for a blockbuster showdown with Roy Jones Jr., he ventured back onto the Joe Rogan podcast to talk about the feelings that would race through him before and during a fight.
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Most fighters go through the nerves as they prepare to walk out to the ring, with Tyson saying he struggled with the notion of preparing to hurt someone.
But it was his next remarks that really raised eyebrows as he admitted the feeling can often being “orgasmic” and said he’d often get the “twinkle” downstairs during fights.
“Sometimes, um … periodically I struggle with the possibility I could hurt somebody, that sometimes it’s orgasmic,” he said.
“What does it mean when fighting gets you erect?
“Well that’s how I’d get when I was a kid. Sometimes I’d get the twinkle.”
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Tyson has undergone a stunning transformation as he gets his body back into shape like he displayed when he was the baddest man on the planet.
And the dominant former champ says fat-shaming played a huge role in helping him turn his life around and get back into fighting shape.
“If somebody’s with me, I find out he thought I was a fat motherf***er and didn’t tell me, I wouldn’t be his friend no more,” he said.
“You say body shaming hurts some people, it helps me. I never looked at it as fat shaming.”
Tyson said hitting the gym left him feeling rejuvenated and turned his life away from doing heavy drugs and alcohol.
Tyson and Jones Jr. are set to touch gloves on November 29 (AEDT) after their fight was pushed back from the original September 13 date.
Tyson’s representatives are hopeful of a large crowd being able to attend the fight at the Dignity Health Sports Park stadium in Carson, Los Angeles, by November, despite the ongoing crisis of high coronavirus cases being recorded across the United States.
The home of the LA Galaxy Major League Soccer team is still the venue for the showdown which will remain an event sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).