‘I’d be in prison for that’ – Mike Tyson watches video of Deontay Wilder beating up bully in gym with Andy Ruiz Jr and former UFC champion Henry Cejudo
Mike Tyson was left absolutely flabbergasted at footage of Deontay Wilder beating up a bully at a gym in Los Angeles after derogatory comments posted online.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ is now renowned as one of the biggest stars in boxing thanks to his sequel of fights with Tyson Fury in 2018 and then in 2020.
However, before making it into the mainstream of the boxing world, Wilder was just a slender heavyweight from Alabama knocking out opponents with consummate ease and little acclaim.
Famously, in May 2014, Wilder travelled to Los Angeles for a gym fight with internet troll Charlie Zelenoff, who directed vile abuse at him and challenged him.
Fresh off a win over Malik Scott to go 31-0, the American accepted and headed over to deal with the situation.
Wilder arrived at the gym and had Zelenoff sign a legal waiver assuring that he wouldn’t sue for any damages, before then battering him around the gym.
Speaking on his Hotboxin podcast, Tyson watched the footage alongside former world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr and former UFC champion Henry Cejudo and was amazed at what he saw.
“I saw Deontay Wilder f*** some YouTuber up,” Tyson said. “He came to the gym and was talking about Deontay Wilder’s kids and stuff.
“Wilder went here and beat his f****** a** up! He can really do that without getting arrested? I would have been arrested!
“I’d been in prison man, for this s***!”
Tyson is currently preparing for a return to the ring in September, but Wilder will be in action before then in his trilogy bout with Fury.
And ‘Iron Mike’ thinks ‘The Gypsy King’ has Wilder’s number.
Speaking later on the podcast, he gave his prediction: “No way, you know, Deontay Wilder have nothing to be sad about… I just think Tyson Fury has his number.“