On Tuesday, legendary boxer Mike Tyson shared a training video that would have anyone hyped up where he talks about the importance of discipline.
The 55-year-old former boxing champion posted the clip of himself training for his 15 million Instagram followers. Tyson looks like he’s in amazing shape, especially for his age. “Iron Mike” isn’t messing around in the gym as he puts in work on a punching bag. In addition, Tyson is seen working with a trainer in the ring as well.
Mike Tyson is well-known for his ferocity in the ring during his career. He became a boxing icon known for making quick work of his opponents in his earlier days. During the ’80s and ’90s, the boxer was one of the most feared men on the planet. It wasn’t uncommon for his opponents to last mere seconds before he knocked them out.
Iron Mike Tyson may have aged, but it’s clear in the clip he still has elite skills in the ring. The sheer power he’s famous for is clearly still there and evident from each swing of his fists. Tyson shared some motivational words for his fans and followers in the clip as well.
“I don’t care how good you are in anything, you don’t have discipline, you ain’t nobody. You’re nothing without discipline, ’cause you give up under the slightest struggle without discipline. Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but do it like you love it,” Mike Tyson says in the training clip.
“You aren’t owed sh**. Fight like hell for everything,” Tyson captioned the Instagram video.
Mike Tyson Opens Up About Finding a ‘Home’ With His Legendary Trainer in New Series
On May 25, ABC premiered a new series called Mike Tyson: The Knockout. The special four-hour documentary series revisits the life of the legendary boxer.
The series covers his full life, including the struggles of his youth growing up in Brooklyn, New York. Mike Tyson’s father left his family when he was only two years old, and his mother passed away when he was 16 years old. As a teenager, he got caught up in gang-related activities such as armed robberies and had a lengthy arrest record by the time he was 13.
However, iconic boxing manager and trainer Cus D’Amato took him off the streets and gave him a home. Additionally, D’Amato even became Tyson’s legal guardian. Former president of HBO Sports Ross Greenburg noted that D’Amato’s “became very much a home for Mike Tyson, which he had never really had.”
As a young man, Tyson was neglected at home, and D’Amato helped fill the void of not having the love and affection that every kid deserves. On a 2020 episode of the boxer’s podcast Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, he spoke about his love and admiration for D’Amato.
“If Cus was happy, it made me happy,” stated Tyson. “If me knocking out people made him happy, f**k, I wanna do it. I wanna knock out five people a day, really, because that made him happy. That was my job. I just wanted him to be happy.”
D’Amato knew Tyson was special, and that he had abilities in the ring like few others in the history of the sport. The trainer once proclaimed that Mike Tyson would be the world heavyweight champion one day, and he was right. From 1987 to 1990, Tyson was the undisputed champion and best in his weight class.