- Mike Tyson remains one of the most respected boxers in the world
- Recently Tyson punched a trashman for binning his pet pigeon named Julius
- The former fighter planned to hold a memorial for the bird but the garbageman had already disposed of it
Legendary American boxer Mike Tyson has admitted that he knocked out a trash collector for throwing his pet pigeon in the waste bin.
The 53-year-old retired in 2005 after recording 50 victories and 44 knockouts in 58 career fights during his 20-year career.
However, the New York-born fighter never forgot how to throw punches as he landed one on the garbage man after losing his pet animal named Julius.
Daily Mail reported that the former heavyweight champion had a plan to organise a memorial for the pigeon but the trash-man already disposed of the remains of the bird.
Tyson told World Boxing Council:
"One morning I woke up and found my favourite pigeon, Julius, had died. I was devastated and was gonna use his crate as my stickball bat to honour him.
"I left the crate on my stoop and went in to get something and I returned to see the sanitation man put the crate into the crusher.
"I rushed him and caught him flush on the temple with a titanic right hand and he was out cold."
Tyson had previously told another story of another hostile confrontation when a boy confronted him and proceeded to savagely rip off a pigeon's head.
He said: 'Taking on Tyson' program in 2011: "The guy ripped the head off my pigeon. This was the first thing I ever loved in my life, the pigeon.
"I don't know why I feel ridiculous just trying to explain it. [Pigeons] are just so much like people."
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that American boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has declared an interest in buying Premier League side Newcastle United.
For the past few years, the current owner of Newcastle United, Mike Ashley, has been reported to be interested in selling the club, and he may have gotten a buyer now.
According to a report on Sportbible, which was also reported in the Daily Mail, Floyd Mayweather explained in a question-and-answer session that he was interested in Newcastle United.
In January this year, an unnamed Saudi Arabia billionaire was linked with a move to buy Newcastle United, but nothing came out of it.
Floyd Mayweather is most probably the richest athlete or sportsperson in the world
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