Boxing legend Mike Tyson has revealed more about the April video that saw him beating an annoying passenger on a flight.
Controversial boxing legend Mike Tyson has opened up on why he beat a man on a plane in April, admitting he was “high and p***ed off”.
The former heavyweight champion of the world turned marijuana mogul was videoed on a flight beating a passenger when was badgering him as he was heading to Miami to be the main speaker at the Benzinga Cannabis Conference in April.
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A witness told TMZ that Tyson, 55, told the man to leave him alone, but the boxer started swinging when he refused to back off.
Tyson was seen reaching over the back of his seat to punch the fellow passenger, while the man was left with his face marked up after the incident.
The man initially engaged lawyers but there were no charges pressed against Tyson.
Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday (US time), Tyson admitted it was something he shouldn’t have done.
When showed the footage once again, Tyson joked: “That’s not me. Does that look like me?” before admitting he should have restrained himself.
“I’m usually good at these things,” Tyson said as it seemed like a regular occurrence. “I guess it was his number.
“I was wrong. That should’ve never happened. That’s me back in my primitive childhood stages. I shouldn’t have done it. I was just irritated and tired — and high and pissed off. Sh*t happens. I don’t want to hurt nobody.”
Being a late night show, Kimmel asked about plenty of different subjects, including the now infamous Oscars slap.
“If he felt it necessary to do it, if he’s not shocked, I’m not shocked,” Tyson said.
Kimmel had also asked about Tyson’s ear shaped gummies, a hilarious allusion to his fight against Evander Holyfield where Tyson bit his rivals ear.
Kimmel asked Tyson if he’d every called Holyfield up and apologised for biting his ear.
“I will consider that now,” Tyson joked.
As for a fight against Jake Paul, Tyson said: “That could be really interesting.”
“He’s skilled enough, because he’s winning,” Tyson said. “Even if he’s fighting guys that you guys don’t believe are good enough fighters, they should be able to beat him but they can’t.
“He’s beating guys he really shouldn’t be beating. He’s doing good.
“He’s just doing it and he’s doing so much good for boxing. This guy has 70 million people following him every time he fights. Champions of the world don’t have that many people following them. What he’s doing for boxing is sensational, no one should be hating on that. They should just fight him, he’s helping everyone get money so why are people mad at him.”
Tyson said if it’s going to happen it has to happen this year.
In May, Tyson claimed the man on the plane was “f**king with me, man.
“I shouldn’t even be taking public planes. My wife gets mad I take public planes,” he added.
Considered one of the best heavyweights of all time, Tyson is also known for his erratic behaviour, which included infamously biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear in a 1997 bout.
Tyson was convicted in 1992 of rape, and jailed for three years. In 2007 he admitted to a cocaine addiction.