The most feared heavyweight boxer from back in the day once had serious beef with Wesley Snipes.
Mike Tyson made his name in the mid-80’s and 1990’s as a legitimately feared heavyweight boxing champion. By 20 years old, when most men were going to college, Tyson was the world heavyweight champion and the youngest ever to achieve the goal.
Tailored by the legendary Cus D’Amato, Tyson utilized lightning fast head and foot movement combined with devastating power in the ring. For quite some time, ‘Iron Mike’ simply tore through the competition.
Inevitably, the young and impressionable Tyson was led astray, not only in the boxing world by infamous scumbag Don King but also outside the ring.
Mike Tyson vs. Wesley Snipes
‘Kid Dynamite’ was from the streets, a harsh childhood in the slums of Brownsville, New York had chiseled Tyson into an angry and violent young man. Stories of his street fights against full-grown men when he was just 12-years old are well circulated.
During his time as a boxer, even, Tyson was getting into trouble on the bricks. He once shattered former opponent Mitch Green’s eye socket in a street fight. Perhaps, though, his fight against Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes is less known.
Although portrayed as a fighting machine in his fils, when confronted by a real fighter in Mike Tyson, Wesley Snipes allegedly didn’t do too well. The full story from Tyson’s ex-bodyguard is below:
Mike Tyson Snapped Snipes
“One night after (Mike Tyson’s girlfriend) Hope had visited MT (Mike Tyson) in his LA apartment, he told me to follow her. She had left earlier than usual, telling him that she had to visit a friend. He wanted me to find out where she went, if she made any calls, if she talked to anybody, everything that she did after leaving him that night. So I grabbed the black Lamborghini Diablo and kept a safe distance … At Roscoes, a soulfood hangout in downtown LA, she parked, got out of the car and walked over to a black Lexus … her friend turned out to be actor Wesley Snipes.
“(Mike Tyson) was paging me. I called him back to let him know the situation … Less than ten minutes later, he pulled up in a yellow Testarosa, accompanied by a new bodyguard Anthony Pitts. Anthony was a former professional football player, stood about 6’7, and weighed in around 250. Tyson jumped out of the Ferrari.
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“…When Hope caught sight of him, she practically fell out of Snipes lap and onto the floor. The actor froze then waved a hand”‘Now, Mike, now, Mike, we can do this together. I dont want no problem.
“‘Let’s go into the bathroom!’ Tyson snapped.
“When I returned from the parking lot, I noticed Anthony was blocking the bathroom door. A couple minutes later we heard a big noise inside, and then Tyson emerged alone.
“After he was gone, I cracked open the bathroom door. Wesley Snipes was sitting against the far wall, head tilted to one side, unconscious.”
The Inner Ring, by Rudy Gonzalez, p.58-9