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Mike Tyson gave completely honest reason why he had extra year added to his prison sentence

Alex Brotherton

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Mike Tyson gave completely honest reason why he had extra year added to his prison sentence

Mike Tyson once revealed why he had an extra year added to his prison sentence before he made his return to boxing.

Tyson was one of the top boxers on the planet when he was jailed in 1992 after he was convicted of raping Desiree Washington.

'Iron Mike' was handed a six year sentence at Plainfield Correctional Facility and four year of probation, but he was released in 1995 after serving less than three years of his sentence.

After his release, Tyson won his next four fights and reclaimed his heavyweight championship.



However, in 2022 the 57-year-old revealed that he actually had an extra year added to his sentence, even if he didn't serve it.

"I got an extra year," he said on his Hotboxin' podcast.

"When I first came there [to prison], I was mad at everybody, I didn't know they all wanted to show me love, so I'm fighting the guards and stuff but then the guards were telling me how to move.


"So, now I'm the man, I am getting food, got women, I am the man in prison.

"But then the guard that was working for me goes like, 'Listen champ, remember when you first came here? You had those problems, we had to give you a year'.

"I said 'oh f****ng s*** how could they do this s***?' I gave them my money and they gave me [another] year? So I had to go on programmes that I could never pass, spelling and stuff."

Addressing the issue on The Pivot, Tyson admitted that his years in prison were the best of his life.


"I’m a cool guy, I’m a good person, I treated everybody nice inside," he said.

"I had the best three years of my life in prison. I was doing running. 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."

Featured Image Credit: CB24/Getty

Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing

Alex Brotherton
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