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Mike Tyson says his mother’s death was ‘one of the best things that ever happened to me’

BOXING legend Mike Tyson has revealed his mother’s death was ‘one of the most amazing things that ever happened to me’.

Lorna Tyson died of cancer in 1982, three years before her son became a professional boxer.

Mike Tyson says his mother's death actually had a strangely positive effect on him

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Mike Tyson says his mother’s death actually had a strangely positive effect on himCredit: Getty
Mike Tyson's mother, Lorna, died when the boxing legend was 16 years old

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Mike Tyson’s mother, Lorna, died when the boxing legend was 16 years oldCredit: Getty

Tyson opened up about his upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, where he fought to survive.

And he has revealed that losing his mother so young has really helped him live on the squalid streets.

55 year old man talking to ShayShay . Club: “You know, one of the most amazing things that ever happened to me was my mother passing away.

“Because my mother would ‘pamper’ me.

“There’s no way I’d be in a street brawl. There’s no way I could ever learn to stand up for myself.”

Iron Mike was just 16 years old when Lorna died.

Growing up in Brownsville, a neighborhood rife with crime, Tyson had a rough start in life – suit the boxer has become.

He didn’t know his biological father was Purcell Tyson and his stepfather Jimmy Kirkpatrick was gone with him and his family shortly after he was born.

Tyson later said of Kirkpatrick: “My father was just an ordinary street guy caught up in the street world.”

As a teenager, he fell into a bad company, linked up with local gangs and got himself into trouble.

He was mocked by other children for his high-pitched voice and slurred speech, and got into fights.

I never got a chance to talk to her or know about her. Technically, it doesn’t affect anything, but it’s emotionally and personally crushing

Mike TysonAbout his relationship with his mother Lorna

Notably, before turning 13, Tyson was arrested about 38 times and sent to a home for minors called the Tryson School for Boys.

Speaking of his mother before, former unified heavyweight champion Tyson said: “I’ve never seen her so pleased with me and proud of me for having accomplished something.

“She just knew I was a rabid kid running down the street, coming home with new clothes she knew I didn’t pay for.

“I never got a chance to talk to her or get to know her. Technically, it didn’t matter, but it was emotionally and personally devastating.”

Tyson returns to the beautiful boxing ring in November 2020 with a point draw against fellow legend Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition.

The cannabis-loving fighter insists he’ll fight – but SunSport has revealed the monopoly has officially left the money spin fighting with YouTuber boxer Jake Paul.

‘The ugliest man on the planet’ is self-proclaimed in advanced negotiations with Paul, 25, about an exhibition fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion ever, defeating Trevor Berbick in 1986

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Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion ever, defeating Trevor Berbick in 1986Credit: Getty

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