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Mike Tyson Actually Tried To Fight A Silverback Gorilla For $10,000

Mike Tyson Actually Tried To Fight A Silverback Gorilla For $10,000

Yes, you read that right. Mike Tyson tried to fight a silverback gorilla for $10,000.

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Tyson's always been an animal lover. He likes his pigeons and famously owned & cared some wildcats. We're talking exotic tigers.

However, he once wanted to fight an animal. Not just any animal but a bloody gorilla.

In the 80s, when Tyson was an unbeaten heavyweight-wrecking machine, he went to a zoo with his then-partner Robin Givens.

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He had the whole zoo to himself after paying them to keep it open after it had closed.

Image: PA
Image: PA

As he sauntered past the gorilla enclosure, he noticed a gorilla picking on the other primates.

Any normal human being would've walked past without batting an eyelid, but Tyson isn't your ordinary human. He took offence and wanted to enter the exhibit.

Not just walk in but have a fight with a gorilla.

He was prepared to offer the zookeeper $10,000 to open the cage so he could go in there and punch a gorilla.

Image: via Twitter
Image: via Twitter

"I paid a worker at New York's zoo to re-open it just for me and Robin," said Tyson.

"When we got to the gorilla cage there was one big silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas.

"They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant. I offered the attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let smash that silverback's snotbox! He declined."

Topics: mike tyson, Boxing News, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Heavyweight, Fight News, Wilder, fury

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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