Former World Heavyweight Champion, ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, has clarified his position regarding his attendance at an event where funds were raised for Israel, a move that left some of his Muslim supporters puzzled.
As a Muslim, Tyson addressed the confusion surrounding his presence at an event supporting Israel by explaining that he was invited by a friend and was unaware of the fundraising aspect. He emphasized that no donations were made on his behalf. Tyson, expressing his commitment to peace as both a Muslim and a human being, stated that his attendance was not politically motivated.
With a boxing career boasting 50 wins (44 knockouts), 6 losses, and 2 no-contests, Tyson is widely recognized as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers in history, reigning as the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990.
Known for his controversial persona, Tyson was a dedicated supporter of Mohammad Ali. In a memorable exchange, he assured Ali that he would avenge Ali’s loss to Larry Holmes, a promise he fulfilled by knocking out Holmes in the 4th round of their 1988 fight.
Despite Tyson’s explanation, some boxing enthusiasts are criticizing him for not specifically mentioning ‘Palestine’ in his apology. Tyson, however, opted for a neutral stance by avoiding explicit references to Israel or Palestine in his statement.