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Mike Tyson On Wilder Excuses: It's Just The Process We Go Through, It's Going To Be Alright

From one destructive heavyweight knockout artist to another, Mike Tyson can relate to the current plight of former titlist Deontay Wilder.

That’s why he’s not particularly concerned about the current path being traveled by the hulking heavyweight from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

“I had excuses for Buster Douglas too,” Tyson laughed off during a recent interview on Inside Boxing Live with Dan Canobbio. “That's just the process we go through. It's going to be alright.”

Wilder (42-1-1, 41KOs) has dominated the headlines in recent weeks, if not for the wrong reasons in the months following his 7th round stoppage loss to Tyson Fury in their rematch this past February. The immediate aftermath of their heavyweight championship fight from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas saw Wilder blame the lone defeat of his career on a variety of reasons, including his being weakened by the weight of a costume tributing Black History Month as he made the lengthy ring walk ahead of their Pay-Per-View headliner.

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In more recent times, Wilder has accused England’s Fury (30-0-1, 21KOs) of loading his gloves with a foreign object and manipulating his gloves so that his fist was positioned below the padding. Somehow even topping that is the dangerous claim that his now former trainer Mark Breland convinced him to drink spiked water prior to the fight which—more so than his pre-fight ring attire—sapped his strength.

The public reaction has ranged from being laughed off to genuine concern shown for Wilder’s current mental state. Tyson clearly lands closer to the former, having gone through it all during his own Hall of Fame career. The former undisputed heavyweight champion eventually found a way to move past his 10th round knockout loss to James ‘Buster’ Douglas in February 1990, though not regaining a piece of the heavyweight crown until 1996, less than a year into his comeback after a three-year prison stint.

Now 54 years old, Tyson has moved past all of the anger which embodied a career spanning three decades. A more jolly version of the man once hailed as the Baddest Man on the Planet was found heading into his eight-round exhibition with fellow ring legend Roy Jones Jr., which ended in a draw on Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The belief, as he sees it, is that Wilder will eventually find his inner peace regardless of how things transpire through the balance of his pro career.

“This is what I learned from my mentor Cus D'Amato—don’t take this personal. That was my mistake, I sometimes took it personally,” admits Tyson. “Cus said, "If you take boxing personal, you're going to die lonely.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by KingMe on 11-30-2020

How is Wilder Being accused of mental breakdown when Tyson Fury Gloves Tampering has occurred on multiple occasions over in the UK he was caught by referees Marcus McDonnell with his left glove being tampered with in the Christian Hammer…

Comment by VashDBasher on 11-30-2020

Kind of similar to the outlandish excuses that Foreman made after losing to Ali. Wilder’s head is in a bad place right now and having all those yes men around him isn’t making his situation any better.

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 11-30-2020

[QUOTE=JLC;20917561]IDK man. I really don’t respect it. He fires a man for the disloyal act of throwing in the towel as he was taking a beating (from a fighter with loaded gloves, according to him). That’s just not something I…

Comment by Monzon99 on 11-30-2020

[QUOTE=Corelone;20918107]Mike wanted to eat babies and turn men into *****es. Nothing was ever going to be alright with him. I liked that, he had a real fighting mentality. Scary, but that was then.[/QUOTE] That is why the Tyson story is…

Comment by Corelone on 11-30-2020

[QUOTE=Monzon99;20918031]Mike is now the elder statement and philosopher of boxing :)[/QUOTE] Mike wanted to eat babies and turn men into *****es. Nothing was ever going to be alright with him. I liked that, he had a real fighting mentality. Scary,…

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