Back in 1995, there was probably no better man on the planet to back you up in a fight than Mike Tyson.
Tyson, then 29, had already been the youngest heavyweight champion in history and an undisputed champion.
Iron Mike had been imprisoned since 1992 and quickly set about reclaiming his titles upon his release three years later.
Hip-hop artist Fat Joe once shared how, shortly after he was released from prison, The Baddest Man on the Planet came to his rescue at a nightclub.
“There was one night we were at the Tunnel,” Fat Joe began. “Me and Big Pun, rest in peace. And security tells him to take off his boots, they wanted to search under his boots. He’s a big guy, he didn’t want to.
“So they start arguing. ‘F you!’ Your mother !’ This, that, back and forth. Then it starts to turn into two, three, four, five, six [security guards] and they all start saying ‘let’s beat Big Pun and Fat Joe, I don’t care.’
“So I say to Pun like ‘Yo, Pun, we’re about to get knocked out.’ So out of nowhere, we hear this voice.
“‘Yo Pun, Yo Joe, let’s F these guys. I’ve got your back.’
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“We turn around and it’s Iron Mike Tyson. 2:30 am, fresh out of jail with the kufi. So now it starts and everyone is like ‘oh my god, it’s Iron Mike!’ »
Although Tyson’s looks were enough to scare the bouncers off, the heavyweight legend decided to take it a step further.
“Mike Tyson started chasing the bouncers who wanted to beat us around the car like 20 times and the bouncers are like ‘Yo Fat Joe, Big Pun – please!'”
Not a villain to step out of the shadows to support you, huh?
Tyson had his comeback fight against Peter McNeeley in August 1995 and he fought once more that year before becoming world champion again at the expense of Frank Bruno in March 1996.
He won another world title from Bruce Sheldon later that same year before embarking on his pair of controversial fights with Evander Holyfield and later Lennox Lewis.
Iron Mike kept fighting until 2005 before finally admitting he was only in it for the money and he retired.
Fat Joe, like Tyson, is also from New York, where the Nightclub Tunnel operated until 2001. He is best known for the hits “Lean back” and “What’s Luv?”