Mike Tyson on his one and only fight in prison, earning respect and being visited by Tupac Shakur

As one of the greatest boxers in the history of the prestigious art of pugilism, Mike Tyson has experienced every high there is inside the squared circle.

At the age of just 20, he was crowned heavyweight champion of the world when he destroyed Trevor Berbick and would later be crowned undisputed champion.

However, that is not to say his career was without any blemishes whatsoever. Although his title cabinet is littered with gold, Tyson battled several demons outside of the ring.

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Mike Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison in 1992, eventually getting released three years later
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In 1992 was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison for rape, earning himself early release in 1995.

‘Iron Mike’ has largely remained quiet on his stint behind bars, but told rapper Fat Joe he kept himself to himself.

He said: “I treated anybody the way I wanted them to treat me. And that’s just how it was. They weren’t scared of me. It all came down to respect.”

However, despite largely staying out of trouble, the hard-hitting heavyweight champion admitted he did have one fight inside the Indiana Youth Center.

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The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world converted to Islam during his time in prison
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“Just one time (I had to put punch someone),” he later revealed on ‘Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson‘. “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. We were locked down and couldn’t go to the gym.

“Somebody got stabbed or something and we were locked down. I was just upset and miserable.”

During his three-year stay, Tyson converted to Islam and began to work on himself as a person.

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Close friend Tupac Shakur visited Mike Tyson during his prison stay
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Despite his rehabilitation, the celebrity status he had earned earlier on in his career remained, with none other than close friend Tupac Shakur paying him a visit.

Tyson revealed on the ExpediTIously podcast: “The guards didn’t like him, the inmates got rowdy and pumped up when he came which is a safety concern. He was a bolt of energy there.

“When he came in everybody knew him, he had mad respect. That’s how he lived his life, he had mad respect.”

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