Mike Tyson once paid a Central Park zookeeper $10,000 (£7191) to allow him to enter the gorilla enclosure and fight a 300-pound gorilla for harassing other animals. Tyson visited the zoo with his then-partner Robin Givens during the early years of his professional career in the 1980s, after paying employees to keep the zoo open exclusively for the duo. And also, Tyson requested the zoo attendant working at the enclosure whether he may fight the gorilla after observing one of the gorillas picking up, tossing. And harassing the other animals in its area. Tyson promised the zookeeper $10,000 in exchange for permission to enter the cage and fight the 300-pound ape.
Tyson has later stated in response to the incident: “I hired a zoo employee to re-open the zoo specifically for myself and Robin.
“When we arrived at the gorilla cage, there was one large silverback who was harassing all of the other gorillas.
“They were so strong, but their eyes were as innocent as an infant’s. I offered $10,000 to the attendant to open the cage and let me smash that silverback’s snotbox! He refused.”
Iron Mike, the former heavyweight world champion, had a professional career that lasted 20 years, from 1985 to 2005, with a record of 50 victories and six losses. Last year, Tyson came out of retirement for an exhibition bout against fellow veteran Roy Jones Jr. In November 2020, the two battled in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with the judges scoring a split draw.
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