Mike Tyson spent three years in prison after being accused of the rape of Desiree Washington in 1996. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Going to jail is no small thing. Prison carries many bad things with it. What is worst is the fact that you lose your freedom, you are in 4 walls and you have to adapt to a completely new environment.
However, Tyson is known as a tough character and surprised many when he revealed that it was the best 3 years of his life. “I’m just very grateful – I’m a cool guy, I’m a good person, I treated everybody nice.
“I had the best three years of my life in prison”. - he said on The Pivot podcast. The host of the show asked him if he missed millions during his time in prison; “I had peace though. “That don’t mean nothing when you don’t have peace.
Just sit there within your balance. “You need your sanity to dictate any part of life”. Even though he was in prison, that didn't stop him from training and being persistent. Fury had regular training sessions.
He ran, trained, and wanted to stay in shape despite the conditions. "I was doing running,” he revealed, “Doing eight or nine miles around. “And at night time I would run for four hours, just in my room.
“I would jump and stuff, just jumping up “My cell has a concrete floor, right? “I indented it with my feet into the concrete floor. “I was 285lbs. I came out 215lbs.
Match after the prison
After he got out of prison, a match against Peter McNeeley awaited him.
The majority believed that Tyson would have no chance in that duel, given that he had just been released from prison. However, he managed to prove the opposite. Tyson won the match and it was a big ego boost for him. He denied all critics and those who doubted him.
Many times after that, Mike did the same. That is exactly why he is one of the greatest in this sport. “Yeah, it was, ‘I’m back from prison motherf***ers, y’all didn’t break me. “My ego was going crazy and stuff.
“Everybody was talking, ‘Mike is over, he’s in prison, nobody ever came back from prison and was the same guy.’ “I just wanted to change their minds”. His mentality and strength are something special. That kept him alive and made him a great athlete.