“He Had To Get Laid To Disengage Some Of The Strength He Had” | Mike Tyson Slept With Groupies Before Fights, Says Bodyguard

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Mike Tyson’s life is the stuff of legend, and his backstory just got deeper.

According to Tyson’s former bodyguard and chauffeur, Rudy Gonzalez, Tyson was scared of killing opponents in the ring; he would have sex with groupies. The reasoning was to diminish his strength.

Rage Against The Machine

Tyson had so much rage within that he felt he would kill someone if he didn’t find an alternative outlet.

“He had to get laid to disengage some of the strength he had,” Rudy Gonzalez said to The Sun. “So I had girls tucked away in bathrooms and changing rooms.

“Sometimes he’d go in with them for a minute, bang the s*** out of them, snap his neck and say, ‘OK, this guy is going to live tonight.'”

Struggles WIth Anxiety

According to Gonzalez, “the baddest man on the planet” had extreme anxiety.

“His biggest fear was that he would kill someone in that ring,” Gonzalez said. “He knew he could do it. It is no exaggeration to say Mike was like a train hitting these guys. Having sex was his way of disengaging that power and loosening up a bit.

“He had an anxiety problem where he would be in despair with anxiety of not feeling good enough or not wanting to screw it up. Mike had the fear that if he screwed this up, he would end up back in his old neighborhood or be locked up.”

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The Baddest Man On The Planet

Tyson became the youngest heavyweight world champion ever when he beat Trevor Berbick in 1986 at age 20.

Trainer Cus D’Amato raised him after his mother died when he was only 16 and groomed to become a boxing prodigy. Tyson would win 44 fights by vicious knockout, going 50-6 in his professional career.

Tyson has revealed how his severe depression led to him being an avid cannabis user. He started Tyson Ranch, a cannabis company, and now advocates psychedelic medicine like toad venom.

New Rules

“In my trips, I’ve seen that death is beautiful,” Tyson recently said to the New York Post. “Life and death both have to be beautiful, but death has a bad rep. The toad has taught me that I’m not going to be here forever. There’s an expiration date.

“I did it as a dare. I was doing heavy drugs like cocaine, so why not? It’s another dimension. Before I did the toad, I was a wreck. The toughest opponent I ever faced was myself. I had low self-esteem. People with big egos often have low self-esteem. We use our ego to subsidize that. The toad strips the ego.”

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Tyson claims that his newfound dosing of psychedelics helped him regain the confidence to step into the ring.

Boxing Resurgence

He did so for an exhibition super fight against former multi-weight division title-winner Roy Jones Jr.

The event made pay-per-view streaming history and kicked off a wave of combat sports retirees now re-entering the ring. The WBC unofficially called the Tyson versus Jones bout a draw.

Mike Tyson’s post-fight career shows his evolution. The revelations of his lifestyle during his athletic career are still as fascinating as ever.


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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.