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‘He’s not from the world I’m from’: Mike Tyson explains why he didn’t want to be like Muhammad Ali

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Muhammad Ali ruled only the old era of boxing, and the sport was looking for another star after him. That said, Mike Tyson stepped into the limelight and, in no time, he became a superstar. Tyson has always idolized Ali, showing his respect for the legend on several occasions. Additionally, Tyson has always remained connected to his idol.

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Many believe that “Iron” Mike wanted to be like Muhammad Ali when he was growing up. However, this was not the case, because Tyson himself had a frank idea about it.

Speaking in an interview, he said: “No, it’s interesting that you say, I didn’t want to be like Muhammad Ali because where I come from, Muhammad Ali does not come from the world where I come from. I came from the filth, the scum and sewers, so I wanted to be mean like Sonny Liston and Jack Dempsey.

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“I wanted to be fierce; I wanted to kill you with my fear. I was not like Muhammad Ali. I love and respect Muhammad Ali, but Muhammad Ali is not like me. It does not come from the world where I come from.

Tyson had been a fan of Ali since childhood. Also, he once avenged Ali’s loss to Larry Holmes, paying him the perfect tribute.

Tyson and Ali both came from different adversities. But the respect the two men had for each other was immaculate. In the interview above, Tyson made it clear that he doesn’t want to be like Ali, but that doesn’t take away from the respect he has for the all-time great.

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Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson transformed the sport of boxing, bringing more and more attention to the sport.

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The duo made the heavyweight roster intriguing, and they rightly set a bar for high-tension fights.

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“Sweet Science” needed stars like Tyson and Ali to promote the sport around the world. The duo did it in good measure, putting themselves on the list of all-time legends.

What do you think of Tyson’s comments on Muhammad Ali? What’s your favorite moment from Tyson and Ali’s long career?

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