Mike Tyson has always been very vocal about his respect and adoration for Muhammad Ali. In a recent interview, Tyson revealed how a secret message from Ali helped him knockout Larry Holmes back in 1988.
Even if you don’t follow boxing, you probably have heard about Muhammad Ali. He is considered by as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, boxers of all time. But it wasn’t just his boxing. People have revered him for ages because of his personality, charisma, and perseverance. Mike Tyson is one of the most famous members of Ali’s fandom. “Iron” Mike has been very vocal about his comradery with the late Ali, and even to this day commemorates the legendary boxer.
This feeling of respect is mutual, however, as Tyson has recently revealed how a secret message from Ali helped him get a win over Larry Holmes.
What Secret Message Did Muhammad Ali Carry?
Despite retiring in 1979, Ali made a dramatic return in 1980 as he took on heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. But there was no romantic return story, as Holmes got a technical knockout in the 11th round. Mike Tyson was in Ali’s camp back then, and he recalls how quiet the atmosphere was after the defeat. Ali received criticisms for his performance, particularly from Tyson’s manager Cus D’Amato.
Sensing the sensitivity in the air, Tyson promised Ali that he would take revenge for Ali. Tyson said he would restore Ali’s honor by beating Holmes. Despite having to wait eight years for that vindication to be complete, Tyson finally fulfilled his promise by knocking out Holmes in the 4th round during their bout in 1988.
Tyson has revealed that before the fight started, Ali had come to the ring to greet both fighters. But it wasn’t a greeting for Tyson, but a secret message for him as well, “Get him for me”, Ali had whispered.
It seems that Ali’s words had worked wonders as Tyson exacted revenge for his friend, and made good on his vow.