Mike Tyson has seen the good and the bad. He’s been on top of the boxing world and he’s hit rock bottom. The same can be said for Tiger Woods when it comes to golf. Although Woods’ latest reason for headlining the news appears to be purely accidental, Tyson once said he understood the fame and misfortune Woods has endured.
Mike Tyson has seen it all
Before the age of 13, Mike Tyson has been arrested 30-plus times. He spent much of his childhood at a youth detention facility. He made the most of it, however, as that’s how he learned how to box. After his mother died when he was 16, Tyson was taken under the wing of legendary boxing trainer Cus D’Amato.
At the age of 20, Tyson became the youngest heavyweight boxing champion of the world. He was the most dominant and most feared boxer of his time. He won his first 37 professional fights. Tyson won the first 19 of them via knockout with 12 coming in the first round.
A three-year prison sentence halted Tyson’s legendary boxing career. When Tyson returned to boxing, he was never the same. He finished his career with a record of 50-6 with 44 of those wins being knockouts.
Tiger Woods has also gone through the good and the bad
Tiger Woods was in a serious automobile accident Tuesday and has undergone a lengthy surgical procedure on his right leg. Woods needed to be extricated from his heavily damaged SUV following the one-vehicle crash that took place near Los Angeles, according to ESPN. Authorities said there was no immediate sign Woods was impaired.
For 11 years, Woods was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year. He has won 15 major championships, including five Masters Tournaments. He’s tied with Sam Snead for the most PGA Tour event victories with 82. Woods was also the youngest golfer to win the career Grand Slam. He’s often considered the best golfer of all-time.
In November of 2009, it was reported Woods was having an extramarital affair. Woods crashed his car two days after the report and then more women came forward saying they had relationships with Woods. He went through a very high-profile divorce. In 2017, Woods was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving.
Tyson understands the ups and downs of Woods
Before the latest accident involving Tiger Woods, former heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Mike Tyson, was in a conversation with Piers Morgan regarding the highs and lows of athletes. During an episode of Tyson’s podcast Hotboxin’ With Mike Tyson, Morgan said that no athlete has had the highs and lows of Woods.
Nobody’s had the highs and lows that guy’s had,” Morgan said to Tyson about Woods. “Not even you, Mike. The number one golfer, arguably, in history and he’s a Black golfer in a white sport who transformed it completely. Amazing trailblazer and then it all goes horribly wrong. He’s hit by scandal after scandal, his body collapses. He’s finished. The only person who believed he could win again was Tiger Woods.”
Tyson, who has a picture of Frank Sinatra outside the podcast booth that reads “The best revenge is massive success,” can relate to Woods’ roller-coaster ride. “We’re designed to be beaten in sports,” Tyson said. “But it’s what are we going to do after that? Are we going to give up because we think this is the best moment of our lives and we no longer have it because we no longer possess that crown? We have to go on and continue to improve ourselves as human beings.”