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Mike Tyson once ‘indented the concrete floors’ of his prison cell when spending time behind bars after being convicted of rape back in 1992. Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison following the conviction, which he has continuously denied, claiming the sex was consented for.
Despite the six-year sentencing, the boxing legend served three years up until 1995, describing his spell behind bars as the best three years of his life. Whilst locked up Tyson continued his strenuous fitness regime to remain in shape for when he was released.
Prior to being sent down, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ was fighting his way back into the world title contention after losing his WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight crowns to Buster Douglas in 1990.
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Tyson looked set to contend for his former titles following back-to-back victories, however his sentencing put a stop to that. The American star instead had to wait another four years to get his chance, as he defeated Frank Bruno in 1996 – a year after his release – to win the WBC title.
His work behind bars though no doubt played a big role in his rise back to the top, as he opted to keep in shape by spending time in his cell. Talking about his prison life on The Pivotpodcast he said: “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.”
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Speaking about his extensive work out routine which eventually led to him indenting the concrete floors of his cell, he added: “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.” During his three years behind bars, Tyson converted to Islam, and admitted that he had found ‘peace’ with himself. Asked whether he missed his lavish lifestyle whilst behind bars, the boxer commented: “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.”
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